First a Roman Catholic bishop in the Philippines urged the faithful to boycott Madonna’s concert appearances this week in Manila, as we reported previously, and now Reuters reports that the singer may be banned outright from the country.
Madonna, 57, reportedly performed sold-out shows in the capital city on Wednesday and Thursday, and she’s being accused of disrespecting the flag of the Philippines during the shows.
Teodoro Atienza, an official with the country’s Historical Commission, said Madonna violated a law prohibiting the wearing of the Philippine flag. “She ridiculed our flag,” Atienza said.
He said the singer and concert producers could be held liable for violating the law even if they were not aware of it. “They may face deportation and might not be able to return to the country,” Atienza said. “She also allowed the flag to touch the stage floor, which is another violation.”