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Pasay City, May 11, 2002 (STAR) - The Pasay City police arrested 10 macho dancers in an early morning raid on a gay bar yesterday.

One of those arrested, Harold de la Torre, 21, was caught dancing in the nude, police said.

However, the owner of the Abstract KTV and Restaurant, identified as Antonio Balleta, eluded arrest.

The raid at the gay bar located along Roxas Boulevard was conducted by operatives of the Pasay City police Special Operations Group (SOG) led by SPO4 Joey Mansalungan.

At around 11:30 p.m. yesterday, a member of the SOG, PO3 Herman Abarilla, posed as a customer of the gay bar.

Thirty minutes later, De la Torre entered the center stage, began dancing and slowly taking off his clothes.

Abarilla alerted his companions, who barged into the bar and arrested the macho dancers.

Police have filed charges of violation of Article 201 (indecent show) against Balleta, De la Torre, and the nine other men arrested in the city prosecutor’s office.

Mansalungan has recommended the closure of the establishment to Pasay City Mayor Wenceslao Trinidad.

Earlier, two other gay bars, Hercules Disco and Big Papa KTV and Restaurant, both located on Tramo Avenue, were ordered padlocked by the city government.

Meanwhile, in Caloocan City, 14 minors were rounded up and arrested by the police in a raid of three nightclubs suspected as prostitution dens Thursday night.

Caloocan Intelligence and Investigation chief Superintendent Dionicio Borromeo said his men, together with representatives of the city health department and the licensing and permits office, launched the raids at around 11 p.m. on Thursday.

Raided were the Maginoo Gay Bar, the Gold Hunter KTV Disco and Restaurant along EDSA near the Bonifacio Monumento Circle and the Meldiosa KTV Disco and Restaurant on 1st Street, East Grace Park near 10th Avenue.

Some 11 teenage female entertainers were arrested at Meldiosa, which was allegedly found to have not been paying taxes to the city. Police said they found the gay bar "clean."

The girls caught at the Gold Hunter were found working without permits from the city health department. – Nikko Dizon and Jerry Botial


Reported by: Sol Jose Vanzi

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