MANILA, Philippine -- Protesters who are seeking to have the upcoming concerts of international pop star Lady Gaga banned are now turning to mall tycoon Henry Sy to help them in their cause.
In a statement released on Sunday, Atty. Romulo B. Macalintal, lector-commentator of the Last Supper of Our Lord Parish in Las Pinas City, said the businessman is "morally and spiritually obligated to take immediate action to insure that no part or segment of Lady Gaga show shall offend our religious beliefs, morals, culture or established policies."
The two-night concert of Lady Gaga on Monday and Tuesday will be the inaugural show of the newly built Mall of Asia Arena, owned by the Sy family.
The Grammy Award-winning artist arrived in Manila on Saturday night amid calls to ban her from staging a concert in the country.
Macalintal, who also raised his concerns about the concert to Pasay City Mayor Antonio Calixto last Friday, said he is surpised that Sy allowed Lady Gaga to open the newly built arean when Sy and his wife are "known devout Catholics."
The Sys, the lawyer noted, previously built the Shrine of Jesus Church near the SM Mall of Asia.
Macalintal added that SM Cinemas have banned the showing of R-18 movies so that "only quality and morally accepted films" are shown in its theaters.
"It is therefore very surprising why the Sys allowed its newly built MOA Arena to be inaugurated with an event where the songs to be sang are practically against morals, offensive to Catholic faith, and against Jesus Christ," the lawyer said in his statement.
The lawyer cited the lyrics to Lady Gaga's hit "Judas" as "highly objectionable."
He said Sy "should not allow this kind of song" at the concert.
According to Internet reports, "Judas" is included in the set list of the "Born This Way Ball" concert, along with "Bad Romance," "You and I" and "The Edge of Glory," as well as her older hits "Poker Face." "Love Game" and "Just Dance."