July 14, 2023 PS Jun M. Sarmiento 317 views

CALLING it blasphemy and disrespect, several senators lambasted the controversial viral video of drag queen Pura Luka Vega where the latter was singing the holy prayer of Catholics “Ama Namin” or the “Lord’s Prayer.”

Senate President Miguel Zubiri, who admitted his disappointment, described the viral video as blasphemous.

“In my opinion, this is the height of the misuse and abuse of our freedom of expression that borders on criminal activity,” Zubiri said.

He added that the performance of Vega offends the sensibility of Catholic Christians in the country and dangerously went beyond the boundary of freedom of speech and expression as he threatened to charge Pura Luka Vega under Article 201 of the Revised Penal Code, which clearly states that offending a race or religion in the performance of indecent plays, scenes, acts, or shows is punishable under the law.

Both Senators JV Ejercito and Sherwin Gatchalian also described the video as blasphemy and overboard.

Ejercito said this should not be tolerated citing the fact that prayer is not entertainment nor a costume party, and respect must be given accordingly.

Zubiri, a devout Catholic, said Vega’s act merits condemnation by all religions whose practice of their faith should not be mocked or spoofed for theatrical laughs.

Senator Risa Hontiveros described the incident as regrettable.

“As a woman of faith, I admit I personally find this regrettable. Alam ko madami ding miyembro ng LGBTQIA+ community, persons of faith among them, find this regrettable,” she said.