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LUZON

Minors rescued from bars

SAN LEONARDO, Nueva Ecija _ A composite team of National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and local police rescued from two videoke bars along the Maharlika highway in San Leonardo, Nueva Ecija Thursday reportedly being traded in the local flesh market. Pedro Roque, NBI field office chief in Cabanatuan City, identified the five alleged maintainers (pimps) as Jeffrey and Cristina Juatchon, Ruben and Corazon Magtalas and one Remy Esteban, all residents of barangay Diversion . He said the bar owners had been invited for questioning. According to Roque, white slavery charges, punishable under Article 341 of the Revised Penal Code have been filed against the suspects. It was learned that the raid had been an offshoot of numerous complaints about the operation of several establishments dotting the stretch of the highway within the San Leonardo area, which had given the place the sobriquet "Red Light District" of Nueva Ecija. Reports said most of the girls plying the sex trade were from the Visayas "who are out to earn a fast buck for a quickie." The rescued minors were referred to the local office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development for proper disposition. (Magtanggol C. Vilar)

VISAYAS

Iloilo regulates fun centers

ILOILO CITY (PNA)- The city government is bent on implementing a city ordinance that seeks to regulate the operation of gaming centers especially those that operate within the 200 lineal meters from schools. Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Trenas signed Executive Order No. 57 ordering the Task Force Against Drug Abuse, Movies, Anti-Prostitution, Pornography and Lewd Shows (Task Force Adams Apple) under Rosalind Poral to "monitor the activities and operations of all gaming centers in iloilo and check whether they are violating local, or national laws, rules and other regulations relative herein. …