Amadeus Fernando Pagente, also known as Pura Luka Vega, talked to the press after being put under the custody of the authorities after he allegedly didn’t attend the preliminary investigation on the charges filed against him by Catholic Group ‘Hijos del Nazareno.’
In an interview, Pura said he didn’t receive any notice from the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC), possibly because the subpoena was delivered to a different address.
“I did not receive the subpoena. When we went there, sa ibang address po siya naibigay,” said Pura.
Officials confirmed that Pura kept denying that he received any subpoena from the court.
They said that to catch Pura, they acted as delivery riders, and when the drag performer appeared, they quickly informed the latter about his rights.
Manila RTC set a P72,000 bail for the case.
Pura then insisted that he didn’t mean to mock the Catholic Church during his controversial ‘Ama Namin’ performance.
“I just want to create a narrative that despite all of these, Jesus, as the embodiment of God’s love for all, does not forget about the oppressed, including the LGBTQIA+ community,” he said.
However, he understood that some people were disappointed by his performance, and he was not invalidating it.