MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED/CORRECTED)-- Muslims in different parts of Mindanao contributed at least a peso each to fund a petition that will be filed before the Supreme Court in a bid to stop the showing of the anti-Islam film, which has already caused havoc in several parts of Middle East.
“Dadaaan kami sa due process…napagkasunduan ng mamamyang Bangsamoro magbigay ng piso pang-docket fee sa Supreme Court sa Monday…,” Aga Khan Mangondato Sharief, one of the petitioners, said.
The petition seeks to ask the high court to order President Benigno Aquino III, the Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, the National Telecommunications Commission and the Department of Transportation and Communications to remove the film from the video-sharing website YouTube.
The petition will also name as respondent Google, which owns YouTube.
“We hope the President will exercise his duty to stop this violence…[The film] has characterized our prophet in a very unacceptable image,” said Aleem Jamel Yahya, an Imam.
Protests in several parts of Mindanao continued against the film that was allegedly shot in the United States.
Since the video was shown on the Internet, attacks aimed at United States officials in the Middle East began.
The US earlier blamed the film for the attacks in Libya that killed US Ambassador Chris Stevens and three others. President Barack Obama later admitted that it was an act of terror. – from a report by Israel Malasa, ABS-CBN News
Correction: An earlier version of this story erroneously said that the petition will name Google Philippines. The petition names Google only, not Google Philippines.
Google also owns YouTube, contrary to the earlier version which said that Google has a partnership with YouTube.