Philippine police vow to ban movie

A Philippine film whose central character is a battered wife of a corrupt police officer, has drawn the wrath of the Philippine National Police. The PNP said Thursday that it has asked President Gloria Arroyo to ban the film Red Diaries on the grounds that it hurts the image of police. PNP director for police community relations Thompson Lantion told the Manila Standard: “Such a negative portrayal of lawmen is unfair to the entire police organization.” Meanwhile, the Sri Lankan Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that the government unconstitutionally banned the screening of an anti-war film, Death on a Full Moon Day, and ordered it to pay damages to the producer, Prasanna Vithanage. Authorities had said that the film “would discourage youths from joining the armed forces.”