Pura Luka Vega declared persona non grata in Bohol

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, August 23) — Bohol has joined a number of areas that have declared Pura Luka Vega as persona non grata over the drag queen's controversial "Ama Namin" rendition.

In Facebook post on Tuesday, Bohol Vice Governor Dionisio Victor Balite said Vega's viral video "caused offense to a significant number of Catholics not only present but also across the online community."

"The portrayal of religious figures in a manner that is disrespectful or offensive to the religious sentiments of individuals and communities is not conducive to promoting harmony and mutual respect within our society," read the resolution.

It also stated that the declaration is not intended to limit or infringe upon the individual's rights, but to express the local government's strong disapproval of Vega's actions.

READ: Pura Luka Vega sorry but stands by controversial ‘Ama Namin’ performance

Floridablanca town in Pampanga, Toboso town in Negros Occidental, General Santos City in South Cotabato, the City of Manila, Bukidnon, Laguna, and Cagayan de Oro have all declared Pura as persona non grata.

The United Nations Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations grants states the power to declare persona non grata on diplomats and other members of diplomatic missions.

But in the Philippines, such declaration is merely an expression of a sentiment or opinion of a government official on a specific matter.