MANILA (Mabuhay) – Local government units should share the responsibility in thwarting lewd fashion shows and similar events by being more stringent in screening permit applications from organizers, a Catholic Church official said.
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Permanent Committee on Public Affairs executive secretary Fr. Jerome Secillano said LGUs will be the ones to decide if shows will be permitted in their jurisdictions.
“If they actually see that such an event is already bordering on (the) pornographic, and it will destroy the moral fiber of the community, then the LGU which issued the license to the company (sponsoring) the event to take place, has all the right to stop it,” he said on Radyo Veritas.
He added LGUs may even reserve the right to stop an event if it has elements that “threaten morality.”
Excerpts of the interview were posted on the CBCP news site.
A recent fashion show had been criticized for suggesting lewdness and containing offensive parts. The clothing company behind the show had apologized for the row.
But Secillano said local governments should carry out their duty of monitoring events that happen within their jurisdictions, to ensure future fashion shows will be acceptable to community standards.
“It’s not about the show per se, but perhaps the local government is responsible for monitoring the event itself,” he said. (MNS)