11 rescued from clubs with 'extra service,' 'mad' they were taken from workplace

Maan Macapagal, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 18 2019 05:50 PM

MANILA - Authorities on Friday rescued 11 female bar workers, including two minors, in two night clubs that allegedly offered "extra service" in Barangay San Antonio, Quezon City.

Police Col. Sheila Portento of the Philippine National Police Women and Children Protection Center (PNP WCPC) said the two establishments allegedly used minors as GROs or bar girls.

“May lumapit sa aming informant na nagsasabing dito sa dalawang establisimyento, may inilalakong menor de edad for sexual exploitation. Nagpadala ako ng mga tao, at na-validate," Portento said.

(An informant came to us and reported that minors were offered for sexual exploitation in the two establishments. I sent men, and the information turned out to be valid.)

Police arrested 3 suspects identified as Rogelio Santiago, Joy Joaquin Tabita and Joseph Jimenez.

Santiago, floor manager of one of the clubs, said the rescued women lied about their real age.

“May mga NBI (clearance) sila at biodata. Hindi naman sila minors,” Santiago said.

(They have NBI clearance and biodata. They are not minors.)

One of the bars reportedly had VIP rooms where customers can experience "extra service" or beyond just clean massage.

“Mayroon silang VIP rooms kung saan puwede kang mag-avail ng extra service, doon na gagawin,” said Portento.

(They have VIP rooms where you can avail of and experience extra service.)

The other bar offered women to be brought outside the establishment for “extra service.”

“Sa pag-takeout, magbabayad ang customer ng P1,500,” Portento said.

(The customer will pay P1,500 to take out one of the women.)

WCPC revealed the victims seemed irritated they were rescued by authorities.

“Nagre-resist, nagagalit sa amin. Pinaliliwanagan namin na nire-rescue sila dahil biktima sila. Ang tingin nila sa amin, kalaban dahil kinukuha namin sila sa pinagkakakitaan nila. Inaalis namin sila sa masamang environment, nang sa ganon, maipamulat sa kanila na mayroong buhay at hindi dito sa nakamulatan nila,” Portento said.

(They were resisting and mad at us. We explained they were rescued because they were victims. They thought of us as their enemies because they think we were keeping them out of their source of money. We are taking them from a bad environment, so, they may see there is a better life than what they have.)

The suspects will be charged for violating the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Act of 2003, and laws against child abuse and child labor.