MANILA, Philippines -- Actor Robin Padilla joined calls to prohibit the public screening of the controversial anti-Islam film that has enraged Muslims across the country.
|Robin Padilla. File photo
"Para sa 'kin, sabi nga ng isang kaibigan ko, [it's a] stupid movie to make stupid people angry," Padilla told reporters on the sidelines of the 34th Catholic Mass Media Awards on Tuesday night, where his sitcom "Toda Max" earned an award.
Padilla, whose decades-long career in the showbiz has occasionally put his Islam faith under the limelight, said the online film "Innocence of Muslims" is offensive not only to those who share his faith but to other religious sectors as well.
"Siguro Muslim o Kristiyano, mao-offend doon sa pelikula na 'yon," said Padilla, who also pointed to his educational background as being a student of a Catholic school.
"Syempre kami man, pagka-merong hindi narespeto kay Jesus Christ, mauuna kaming mga Muslim na magpo-protesta. Hindi kami manggugulo dahil bawal manggulo," he added.
Following the international uproar over the depiction of Muslims in the film, representatives of various Muslim communities all over the Philippines filed with the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday a petition urging the prohibition of the screening of the film's trailer and full-length film in the country.
"The blasphemous film... is a vicious attack on the faith of two billion Muslims, about 7 to 10 million of whom are in the Philippines, that has triggered a continuing massive protest by Muslim in 20 countries resulting in many injuries and loss of lives to Muslims and non-Muslims alike," the petition argued.
Laughing off the contents of the film, Padilla, 42, affirmed the need to "protest" against "Innocence of Muslims."
"Pinanood ko na, natawa nga ako eh, hindi ako nagalit. Pero kailangan mag-protesta. Sana huwag lang ilabas sa YouTube," he said.