Update: Today's Inquirer headline story reports that the NPC admitted to having the mural altered for its "political" message.
As it turned out, President Arroyo unveiled the mural, and due to the criticisms of some PSG men, the NPC leadership ordered the modification.
This is utterly stupid and outrageous. Story here.
We were shocked to be informed by one of their board of directors that changes were made in the mural without our knowledge.
1) The erasure of a big portion of the newspaper held by the central figure, containing the statement of the International Federation of Journalists regarding the perceived effects of the anti-terror law on press freedom, and replaced by a hideous bird-monster in a cage;Continue reading this entry >>
2) The alteration of the headline of the newspaper Jose Rizal is holding from "Press Freedom Fighter's Son Abducted" to "Press Freedom Fight Is On" and the defacement of Jonas and Edith Burgos's pictures as well as the erasure of Jonas's name;
3) The change of the tattoo on Andres Bonifacio's left arm from the alibata "K" to a sappy red heart pierced by an arrow;
4) The erasure of the name of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines from the banners of the rallyists;
5) The lengthening of the hair and beard of the figure identified as academician-columnist Prof. Randy David beside columnist Conrad de Quiros;
6) The addition of beard and mustache and the change of hair color from white to black of the pugo and balut vendor identified as columnist and Martial Law detainee Juan Mercado.
We believe that the abovementioned alterations were made by some unidentified artist/s with the authorization and consent of the NPC leadership (even with their disavowal of responsibility, considering that the mural was within their premises). We rail against these modifications not only because of the slipshod work and poor artistry but more so because of the censorship that is clearly at work here.
See the whole, unaltered mural here.