MANILA, Philippines — The Supreme Court (SC) has junked the petition to stop the public airing of a controversial video portraying a Muslim prophet as a pedophile and a womanizer.
SC Clerk of Court Enriqueta E. Vidal signed a notice that resolves to dismiss the 15-page petition filed on September 2012. This is for its failure to comply with the court’s order of submitting a supplemental petition within the given period.
This dismissal was seconded by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa Jr., Senator Mary Grace Poe-Llamanzares, former chairman of Movie Review and Television Classification Board, and Ivan John E. Uy, secretary of the Commission on Information and Communication Technology.
The petition was filed by Agakhan “Benladin” M. Sharief, Datu Drieza A. Lininding, Datu Haj Ansari D. Alonto and Datu Nasser M. Dimapinto.
The Innocence of Muslims, a film exposing Muhammad as a womanizer and a pedophile, was said to be an insult to the Muslims. This has also resulted to mass violent protests in the Metro and in Middle East.
Kathleen Ave L. Crucillo
Leyte Normal University