Carlos Celdran’s conviction for offending Catholic Church affirmed-A A +A
Thursday, September 5, 2013
MANILA’S most popular tour guide Carlos Celdran will spend nearly three months in jail after a court rejected his appeal to the decision finding him guilty of offending the Catholic Church.
"The decision for my #Damaso appeal is in: GUILTY WITHOUT REASONABLE DOUBT. Two months and 21 days in jail," said Celdran on microblogging site Twitter.
Celdran's lawyer Marlon Manuel also confirmed in a text message the decision of the Manila Regional Trial Court, which reviewed the January ruling of Judge Juan Bermejo Jr. of the Manila Metropolitan Trial Court branch 4.
That ruling stated that Celdran should be penalized under Article 133 of the Revised Penal Code for disrupting a religious service at the Manila Cathedral in September 2010.
Dressed as national hero Jose Rizal, Celdran held up a sign with the word "Damaso," a villain in Rizal's novel "Noli Me Tangere." He was protesting the Catholic Church's tough stance against the Reproductive Health bill.
The measure was enacted into law, Republic Act 10354, but is still facing opposition before the Supreme Court over its alleged unconstitutionality.
"Certainly, we will appeal with the CA (Court of Appeals)," said Manuel. (Virgil Lopez/JK/Sunnex)