Embattled drag artist Pura Luka Vega arrested in Manila


Posted at Oct 04 2023 06:18 PM | Updated as of Oct 04 2023 09:54 PM

Photo from Pura Luka Vega's Instagram account.
Photo from Pura Luka Vega's Instagram account.

MANILA — (UPDATED) Embattled drag artist Pura Luka Vega was arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with their viral "Ama Namin" remix performance.

In a release by the Manila police, a warrant of arrest was served to Pura, whose real name is Amadeus Fernando Pagante, for offenses of immoral doctrines, obscene publications, and exhibition and indecent shows.

Bail was recommended at P72,000.

The former "Drag Den Philippines" contestant earlier said that they have not received any notice from the Manila Prosecutors Office for the case filed by the group Hijos del Nazareno.

MPD Station 3 Police Chief Lieutenant Colonel Leandro Sanchez Gutierrez said Pura did not resist arrest and cooperated with authorities.

"May kausap na siya na lawyer. Aayusin daw po nila ang bail nila. Pipilitin daw nila makapag bail hanggang Friday," Col. Gutierrez said. "Dito muna siya mag-stay sa facility natin."

Pura said they did not expect that a warrant would be issued against them since they have been attending the hearings in their cases in Quezon City. They also did not receive any subpoena relating to the cases in Manila. 

The arrest warrant was issued by Manila Judge Czarina Encarnacion Samonte-Villanueva.

"Hindi namin napuntahan yung cases na finile sa Manila City Hall. Agad kami pumunta to file sana ng motion to reopen and also to submit counter affidavits, so nagulat kami na may warrant na," Pura said.

Pura is hopeful they can post bail by Thursday.

A video of Pura wearing religious garb and singing a rock version of "Ama Namin," has ignited a firestorm of criticism from politicians and leaders of the Roman Catholic community. 

Pura has been declared as persona non grata in several provinces, cities, and towns calling the performance "blasphemous and a disrespect to the religion."

Apart from being ruled unwelcome in these local government units, Pura also faces criminal charges initiated by the Philippines for Jesus Movement, a coalition of Christian groups.

Pura is a well-known drag performer in the Philippines with their impersonation of Jesus Christ and later on joined the Filipino drag competition "Drag Den Philippines." -- With a report from Jeck Batallones, ABS-CBN News.



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