Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Philippine Ombudsman Dismisses Prosecution of Controversial Artist and Cultural Center Trustees
The Philippine Daily Inquirer yesterday reported that the Ombudsman of the Philippines has dismissed a criminal case that had been filed against controversial artist Mideo Cruz and ten members of the Board of Trustees of the Cultural Center of the Philippines. The prosecution had charged defendants with violating Article 201 of the Revised Penal Code, the law which penalizes offenses against decency and good customs, because of the display of Cruz's collage titled Poleteismo as part of the 2011 Kulo art exhibit organized by the Cultural Center. Some Catholics had objected to Cruz’s mixing of religious images with phallic symbols, a condom and Mickey mouse ears. The Ombudsman also held that that there is no substantial evidence to hold Cultural Center officials administratively liable either.