By NITZ ARANCON
CITY hall’s Regulatory and Compaints Board inspectors caught two college students in the act of having sex inside a mini-movie house in Divisoria when they checked such establishments last week in the wake of a sex video of two teenagers here that was uploaded on the pornography-streaming website Pornhub.
Antonio Resma, RCB inspection team leader, said the Board’s chairman, Jose Edgardo Uy, saw the students having sexual intercourse in one of the rooms of an establishment called “Hello, Ruben” on RN Abejuela St., just a stone’s throw from Xavier University, when he peeped through a small window.
“Naa man gamay nga window, nakit-an gyud ni Atty. Uy…,” said Resma of what the RCB stumbled on Tuesday.
Uy said it was a police officer who brought the matter to his attention. To avoid embarrassing the teenagers, he said, the inspectors asked a worker of the establishment to knock in order to give the students time to dress up.
Resma said the male was 20 years old while his partner was 19. He declined to say what school the students are from.
Resma said the RCB inspectors decided to release the two students after they were warned that they could be charged for doing what they did in a place which is considered public.
“Amo lang silang gibadlong ug gi-ingnan, nga dili sila dapat maghimog sexual activities sa maong lugar kay bisan pag mo-ingon sila na-a sila sa private room, public establishment gihapon ang ilang gisudlan,” he said.
Resma said the RCB decided not to press charges so that the teenagers would not be scandalized or traumatized, something that could affect their studies.
Uy said those who engage in sexual activities in such establishments could be held liable for public scandal.
“Tabla ra nga naghimo silang sexual activities tunga-tunga sa Divisoria nga dakong iskandalo kay public place man tong mini-movie house nga ilang gisudlan,” Uy said.
Resma said the establishment violated government regulations. He said such establishments have been required to provide CCTV cameras in every private room for monitoring purposes.
On Friday, the owner of Hello Ruben paid a P5-thousand fine for violation of City Ordinance 13223-2017, otherwise known as the Anti-Pornography Ordinance of Cagayan de Oro, according to Resma.
Uy, for his part, said operators of mini-movie houses in the city should be careful because they are susceptible to charges of violation of laws against child abuse and sexual abuse.
“Ang gimando niini nga bala-od nga automatic ma-close ilang negosyo kon ilang ma-violate kini nga bala-od,” Uy said.