CHO confirms sexual acts at Osmeña Park

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Thursday, June 5, 2014


THE Davao City Health Office has confirmed sexual activities happening within the vicinity of Osmeña Park through confessions of the association leaders, saying that massage therapists who engage in such activities charge customers from P50 to P250.

Robert L. Oconer, division chief of Environmental Sanitation of the City Health Office (CHO), said the confessions made by the association officers, during their dialogue, are considered valid evidence.

He said there are a total of nine associations of massage therapists billeted at Osmeña Park.

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"Kaya nga po sila papaalisin doon dahil diyan. Nagpatawag ako ng meeting with the nine associations and they confirmed it to us. Nag-away pa sila sa harap namin ni Dr. Villafuerte. One officer even told us, ‘Sir kani man pud gud among mga massage therapists ila man pud dawaton’", Oconer told reporters in a follow-up interview after the I-Speak Forum Thursday.

"Meron nag o-offer na masseur, meron naman yung customer mismo," he said.

According to him, a “hand job” service costs P50 while an “oral sex” ranges from P100 to P250.

Oconer also said one massage therapist approached him and sought his help.

"Tulungan niyo po kami. Nabababoy na po kasi ang profession namin," Oconer said, quoting the masseur.

Further, he said he has also personally witnessed an old man massaging a therapist.

"Baliktad yata ang nangyari," Oconer said.
The Davao City Parks System Board, headed by City Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro) OIC Engr. Liza Madrazo, is rehabilitating the park and copy some features of the People's Park.

Ambulant vendors, masseurs, chess and dama players, and mendicants are told to give way for the park's rehabilitation.

The board decided the pull out of masseurs due to reported "indecent activities" involving them.

"I stated it in my report the way they stated it to me," Oconer said.

The pull-out will be implemented anytime this month, he said.

He, however, said the board has yet to decide whether to give a space for the masseurs.

"Unfortunately, this year lang natin ito namonitor," he said.

He added the city plans to put up two closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras inside Osmeña Park.

"They should stop it or else it will be too late for them," Oconer warned.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 06, 2014.

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