Singapore's board of film censors has barred moviegoers 16 years and younger from buying tickets to see The Da Vinci because, the board said, some children might view it as fact. "Only a mature audience will be able to discern and differentiate between fact and fiction," the censor board ruled. Meanwhile, a senior official of the Catholic church in the Philippines has urged the government to do all in its power to ban the movie. Eduardo Ermita said that it would "confuse" Catholics. "We being a Catholic country, I think we should do everything not to allow it to be shown," he said. "At the least as a Catholic, it is blasphemous."