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Mr. Celdran's protest was an exercise of free speech in support of reproductive health for the nation's poorest people. 

Even though Carlos Celdran’s protest may have been perceived as offensive by some, such peaceful action is protected by the right to freedom of expression, which is guaranteed under international human rights law. As a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Philippines has a duty to uphold the right to freedom of expression, and ensure that its legislation does not impose unnecessary limitations to this right.

Letter to
President of the Republic of the Philippines Benigno Aquino, III
Mr. Celdran's protest was an exercise of free speech in support of reproductive health for the nation's poorest people. There was no mass being celebrated when he entered Manila Cathedral.

Even though Carlos Celdran’s protest may have been perceived as offensive by some, such peaceful action is protected by the right to freedom of expression, which is guaranteed under international human rights law. As a state party to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the Philippines has a duty to uphold the right to freedom of expression, and ensure that its legislation does not impose unnecessary limitations to this right.

He was sentenced to two months and twenty-one days after losing his appeal. This conviction is a blow to free speech and illegal under an international treaty to which the Republic of the Philippines is a party. Please free Carlos Celdran, Mr. President.