Philippino Government Clamp Down On Old Cinemas Now Prostitute Dens

The Manila government last week intensified its campaign against movie houses showing pornographic films.

This developed as Manila policemen arrested four men allegedly engaged in performing lewd acts inside old theaters in Quiapo and Sta. Cruz over the weekend.

Arrested were Rodolfo Balallo, 60, of Dan-Ar Santiago, Ilocos Sur; Larry Bihasa, 49, of Balintawak, Quezon City; Reynaldo Landicho, 48, of Tramo Street, Las PiƱas City; and Emil Sacro, of Sampaloc, Manila, 29.

Police said the suspects were arrested after they were caught performing sexual acts with other male theatergoers.

The suspects were charged for violation of Article 200 of the Revised Penal Code (indecent act and public scandal) before the Manila Prosecutor's Office.

Authorities said some old movie houses in the city, particularly in Sta. Cruz and Quiapo, are showing pornographic films.
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These establishments have become a haven of gay prostitution, adding that even petty crimes also happen in these places, police said.

Mayor Alfredo Lim said he already ordered the inspection of movie houses in the city.

"I already asked city and police officials to keep a close watch at these establishments," he said, adding that he also asked City Hall's Business Permits and Licensing Office to look into the permits of such establishments whether they are complying with existing laws.

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