MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED WITH MMDA ADVISORY) – Lady Gaga’s concert tonight will go ahead as planned, but there is a chance that the second show scheduled tomorrow will be canceled.
Atty. Ray Glenn Agranzamendez, secretary of Pasay City Mayor Tony Calixto, said they will monitor tonight’s show to ensure that Lady Gaga refrains from conduct which may be offensive to religion, morals and good customs.
If she oversteps the mark, Lady Gaga may be refused a permit by the Pasay City government to perform at the SM Arena on Tuesday, May 22, Agranzamendez said.
According to him, it is clearly stated in the permit that the artist should follow all the laws and ordinances of the city.
“Based on that (monitoring) kung magpakita sila ng mga bagay na nakaka-offend sa atin o sa kaisipan ng mga tao rito, baka po makansela ‘yung pangalawang show,” Agranzamendez said in an interview on dzMM Teleradyo.
A number of religious groups have been holding prayer vigils so that the upcoming concerts of Lady Gaga will not push through.
Calling her the “anti-Christ,” they criticized Lady Gaga for her skimpy costumes and provocative songs such as “Judas,” which they claim is a direct insult to Jesus.
Filipino performers such as Arnel Pineda and Martin Nievera have advised the Grammy winner to change some of her lyrics during her performance in Manila.
Organizers, meanwhile, said they will try to “stay away from controversial songs.”
Malacañang refused to meddle in the issue, saying that it is up to parents and guardians if they want to let their children attend the concert.
On Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said the Palace is assuring the safety of those who would be watching the concert.
According to Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino, some 360 members of the agency's disturbance management team are on standby to help the Pasay City police in case protesters try to crash into the venue.
The MMDA is also deploying teams near the intersection of EDSA and Taft Avenue until near the MOA Arena as they expect heavy traffic, especially after the concert.
"Ang magiging problema lang sigurado ay 'yung uwian ng manonood. Sabay-sabay siyempreng lalabas 'yan. Baka magrally-rally pa 'yung mga kumokontra pero may contingency plan tayo diyan," Tolentino said in a interview with dzMM TeleRadyo.
Tolentino advised those who have no business at the SM Mall of Asia to avoid the area starting at 5 p.m. as they expect crowds to swell well before the 8 p.m. show time.
"Ang payo ko, 'yung hindi naman manonood, 'yung hindi kailangang mag-shopping sa MOA area ay lumayo-layo na sa area na 'yun mamayang alas-singko hanggang alas-onse na siguro. Medyo iwasan na siguro ang area na yan kung wala namang gagawin dun," Tolentino said. – Report from Pau Atienza, dzmm.com.ph