Pura Luka Vega was put under the custody of the Manila Police District (MPD) after the court issued a warrant against her.
According to Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 36, the drag queen, whose real name is Amadeus Fernando Pagente, allegedly didn’t attend the preliminary investigations related to the charges filed by the Catholic group ‘Hijos del Nazareno’ last August.
Pura was accused of Article 201 of the Revised Penal Code, which penalizes ‘Immoral doctrines, obscene publications and exhibitions, and indecent shows.’
Manila RTC set bail at P72,000 for the temporary freedom of Pura.
The authorities visited Pura in her house at the Sta. Cruz, Manila, where she was also declared persona non grata.
In a past post, Pura said that she never received a subpoena from Manila RTC and she was not even planning to evade the charges against her.
“I am still not in receipt of any notice regarding an alleged criminal case filed in Manila against me,” said Pura.
It can be recalled that Pura received criticism after she performed a remixed version of Catholic mass song ‘Ama Namin,’ while dressing up as Jesus Christ.
She insisted that she was not trying to disrespect the Catholic religion and said that what she did was only a way to express her art.