MANILA, Philippines – Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim on Tuesday held a meeting with members of the city's Muslim community to appeal for calm over the release of an anti-Islam film that has triggered violent protests around the world.
In a meeting with the city's Muslim community leaders, Lim gave the assurance that he will prevent any attempt to show the film "Innocence of Muslims" in the city, which is home to one of Metro Manila's largest Muslim community.
"Lahat ng nakaka-perwisyo, hindi dapat payagan. This film will only create animosity. We are assuring you that this film will not be shown in Manila kaya magpakahinahon sana kayong lahat," Lim told Muslim leaders in a meeting at the Manila City Hall on Tuesday.
"Hindi tamang gayahin ang ginagawa sa ibang bansa na ibinubuhos 'yung galit sa walang kinalaman," Lim added.
The Movie and Television Review and Classification Board earlier said it will not allow the controversial amateur film to be shown on Philippine television and theaters. However, it said it cannot block the film on the Internet due to lack of jurisdiction.
The film, which portrays the Prophet Mohammad as a philanderer, has sparked violent protests in several parts of the world. The first wave of protest resulted in the death of United States Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens and three other embassy staff.