CEBU Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia said she supports the ban on lingam massage, as stated in the proposed ordinance of Provincial Board (PB) Member Agnes Magpale.
"Di na lang gud ta magminaut. Di nata mag-storya ug therapeutic- therapeutic (Let’s not pretend. Let’s not talk about claims that it is therapeutic)," she told reporters
during her regular press conference yesterday.
The governor also said she needs to know the stand of Cebu City on the issue.
"I will continue to fight for the dignity of our women in the province of Cebu and Cebu City, being the capital of Cebu. We hope that they will also recognize that we Cebuanos uphold and respect our own women," she added.
She also criticized the statement of Vice Mayor Joy Augustus Young, who earlier said lingam massage centers ordered closed in the cities of Lapu-Lapu and Mandaue should do business in Cebu City.
"It sounded really strange that he is welcoming this lingam massage parlor in Cebu City because it attracts tourists.
I certainly would not wish to attract those kind of tourists, which commodify our women and desecrate the dignity of the Cebuanas. Are we so impoverished of tourists that we must resort to settling to those kind of tourists who have problems with their prostate glands?" she added.
"We do not need to attract tourists of that ilk. The image of Cebu in Asia, in Europe in the United States, in fact in the whole world is high up there, high above the sleazy, dirty and vulgar tactics of that kind of tourism," she said.
Meanwhile, Mandaue City ordered the closure of two lingam massage parlors yesterday after they were found to be operating without permits.
The City Legal Office sent a team to reinspect the two parlors, which Mayor Jonas Cortes ordered closed last July 16.
Roel Judilla, City Legal Office aide and the team leader, said 789 Lingam Massage in Barangay Cambaro still has no sanitary permit and its attendants have no health cards.
Authentic Lingam Massage, Judilla said, was able to comply with the two requirements, but it still needs to wait for the lifting of the closure order.
Assistant City Administrator Eutiquio Sanchez signed the closure orders issued against the two establishments yesterday.