- Pura Luka Vega, whose real name is Amadeus Fernando Pagante, was arrested Wednesday afternoon
- A warrant of arrest was served to the drag artist for "offenses of immoral doctrines, obscene publications and exhibition, and indecent shows," according to a release by the Manila police
- The 'Drag Den' star is currently under the custody of Manila Police Station 3
- To recall, the 'Drag Den' star stirred controversy over her viral 'Ama Namin' performance
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Amadeus Fernando Pagante, also known as Pura Luka Vega, was arrested Wednesday afternoon in connection with her controversial "Ama Namin" performance.
According to ABS-CBN News, a release by the Manila police noted that a warrant of arrest was served to the drag artist for "offenses of immoral doctrines, obscene publications and exhibition, and indecent shows." Bail was recommended at P72,000.
As per GMA News, Pura is currently under the custody of Manila Police Station 3.
In an earlier report by Rappler, the 'Drag Den' star was accused of allegedly violating Article 201 of the Revised Penal Code by a group composed of Christian leaders who filed the complaint against her last July 31.
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It can be recalled that on X, formerly Twitter, Pura posted a now-deleted video showing him dressed as Jesus Christ while performing a remixed version of "Ama Namin." Later, Pura was declared persona non grata in several provinces, cities, and towns, calling the performance blasphemous and disrespecting the Catholic religion.
Drag artists, like drag queen Pura Luka Vega, would usually wear clothing and makeup to imitate present or historical personalities to the point of exaggeration for entertainment. Drag queens would also often perform pre-planned acts with audience interaction.
Pura Luka Vega, in a social media post, revealed she went to the Department of Justice in Quezon City to face the charges filed against her. In her post, she took a selfie while standing in front of the DOJ building. She again reiterated that “drag is not a crime,” adding that the controversy she’s facing has “highlighted hypocrisy and is an education on hate.”
Pura also admitted she doesn’t have a permanent legal counsel as of now. She revealed though that there are lawyers who help her temporarily out of the “kindness of their hearts.”
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