Monthly Archives: April 2008

You Tube Rectal Revelations

First, an unknown You Tube user uploaded a video footage of a man undergoing rectal operation to remove a canister inserted in his rectum; same footage shows doctors, other medical staff, and onlookers clapping and laughing at the patient. This controversy happened at the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC). A TV network picked it up and broadcasted it; the news started to spread like wildfire all over the world. A public outcry followed to what is perceived as intrusion to privacy and violations of human rights. And now a negative statement from the church, (from the Spokesman of Cebu archdiocese) “that the homosexual victim was the one responsible for the shameful situation he is in right now.” The gay and lesbian group cried foul to said statement.

The Department of health, after some media prodding, immediately came out and denounced the incident as uncalled for and unprofessional. It simply violated medical ethics according to the Department of Health Secretary who ordered for the immediate investigation of the case.

Meanwhile, the Department of Health had already identified the five medical staff involved in the “rectal surgery scandal” (according to ABS CBN news). They were head surgeon Dr. Philips Leo Arias, assistant surgeon Dr. Angelo Linawagan, surgeon Dr. Max Joseph Montecillo, nursing attendant Rosemarie Villareal and circulating nurse Carmina Sapio.

While a civil complaint for damages has been filed against the medical staff, authorities still have to trace yet who uploaded the video on the Internet.”

A Rape Victim? 

Last Friday, April 25, 2008, a gay leader expressed belief that the gay involved in the “rectal surgery scandal” may have been raped. He further said during an interview (ABS-CBN’s Umagang Kay Ganda) that a “canister was inserted” into the victim’s rectum and “has been a subject of mockery through You Tube.” Danton Remoto Ladlad (gay and lesbian group) leader also scored on the negative statement from the church saying “the public and the Catholic Church should first know all the details behind the scandal before judging the victim. “ 

Danilo (not his real name), the victim, said that he was drunk and unconscious when the canister was inserted into his rectum. “That falls under the anti-rape law. For all we know, he could have been hurt and raped before it was done to him,” Remoto said.

Cebu Church spokeman Monsignor Achilles Dakay, in similar interview, denied having condemned the victim. Dakay clarified that he wanted only to tell the media not to focus alone on the mistakes of the medical staff of the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) alone “but that of the possible mistake of the homosexual victim” too need to be brought out.

Dakay further clarified his statement during his radio interview over DZMM. “Because for all we know, if one deed was wrong, the other could be just as wrong, or even more wrong in the eyes of the public, even if done in private. That is what I said, I did not condemn anybody at all,” he said.

There are Gay Priests and Nuns in the Catholic Church?

Dakay admitted that there are homosexuals in the Catholic Church, that there is no reason that the Church does not respect gay people.

 Dakay also said that gay people should always be accepted “with respect, compassion, and sensitivity” as this is what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says.

He clarified however that what is not accepted by the Church are the homosexual acts. Citing on the church’s doctrine, these are “intrinsically disordered,” “contrary to the natural law,” and “under no circumstances can they be approved.”

According to Catholic Church’s doctrine, gay people are called to chastity. They should concentrate on “self mastery that teaches them inner freedom” and to stand against temptation.

“Dakay said the Church will try to help its gay members evade temptation.

“Remoto, meanwhile, said Ladlad group is currently giving the homosexual victim psychological counseling and free legal assistance.”

Filipino Attitude towards Gays

Over the years, the Philippine society is still stiff on values against preferred gender. If male is born as male he is a male, and likewise to the female. There is no such thing as “gender in between.” While most gays have found their place in the society, they are still treated as second class citizen in view of their gender preference. Same sex act is still a taboo to the Filipinos no matter how gays justify their actions. This, with all probability, may have motivated why  “some of the 15 people who were inside the operating room of the VSMMC could be seen shouting, laughing and taking pictures of the canister and of the patient’s X-ray” as reported. In any manner, what ever judgmental attitude and biases that one may have against those doing homosexuals acts, this is not enough reason to treat a person with gross humiliation and  rip off his dignity as a person. On the other hand, what Dakay said (based on the church’s stand) could also hold water and can’t be easily reputed in as much as some gays have gone overboard defying well established moral standard of the society. While the government has spent considerable time and effort to educate the Filipinos on gender sensitivity, it seems that little has been achieved in so far as accepting and respecting people with gender problems are concerned.

Gays are still the object of ridicule in the Philippine society. Showbiz and the entertainment industry may not even be that kind at all to them, although gays thrive here and make money and fame. They are objects of humor and fun; on the other hand, over projection of gay’s hysteria and emotional outbursts while it amuses anyone it may also turn off others.

That’s how the canister rectal insertion scandal (to me personally) elicited much fanfare and amusement which triggered the desire to take pictures, video footage, and intruding to one’s privacy (at the operating room) unmindful of moral and ethical standards. Yes, let us admit there are still people who can not accept gays; and even gays make fun of their theselves. It’s sad the Philippine society (in general) may is still be captive of this awkwardness in the world; but, is it the Philippines alone? 



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Penis Snatching in Congo

Filipino Men Would Rather Talk of Penile Erection than Size


Filipino men would rather talk about virility—how long they could last for sex rather than the size of their penises. Unlike their male counterpart in Congo who feared to have been victims of penis snatching, they are not that superstitious and fear of shrinking their penises. They are afraid however of being known as uncircumsized and  losing in capacity to maintain long time  erection.  


Lately, Congo had been on the forefront of the news due to rumor of “penis stealing.” This resulted to the arrest of “13 suspected sorcerers accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men’s penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft” by the Congo police according to Reuters.


“Reports of so-called penis snatching are not uncommon in West Africa, where belief in traditional religions and witchcraft remains widespread, and where ritual killings to obtain blood or body parts still occur.” Police also detained 14 alleged victims who claimed that sorcerers made their genetals shrink or disappear by simply touching them. Likewise police had to arrest accused sorcers and their victims to prevent bloodshed similar to what happened in Ghana a decade ago. Angry mobs had beaten to death 12 suspected penis snatchers.


“Rumors of penis theft began circulating last week in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo’s sprawling capital of some 8 million inhabitants. They quickly dominated radio call-in shows, with listeners advised to beware of fellow passengers in communal taxis wearing gold rings.” Some residents called it an extortion as victims are asked to pay some money in order to get cured.

Chief Jean-Dieudonne Oleko of Kinshasa police wanted to tell the (supposed to be) victims that it was only one huge joke.“But when you try to tell the victims that their penises are still there, they tell you that it’s become tiny or that they’ve become impotent. To that I tell them, ‘How do you know if you haven’t gone home and tried it’,” he said

 Some people of Kinshasa however accused a separatist sect (from a nearby Bas-Congo province)  of being behind the alleged witchcraft as a revenge for government crackdown on its members recently. But a certain Alain Kalala, 29 years old, who earn for a living by selling phone credits near a Kinshasa police station claimed the news to be true. “It’s real. Just yesterday here, there was a man who was a victim. We saw. What was left was tiny.”


Unlike their African male counterpart, Filipinos have been known to have short (but tough) penises. and are not even bothered about the  size of their organ; they are more concerned with circumcision of which it is a social disgrace if one is not. Filipino men would rather talk of  virility and length of time they could maintain penile erection. Filipino men count on the number of times they can have sex with their partner over the night (or during the day) they plan to have sex.To date fertility rate in the Philippines is high and it is one of the countries with fast growing population in the world. 




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(Cosplaying may even exibit sensuality)

(Will similar law be passed soon in the Philippines?)

What if female and male entertainers from the Philippines are asked to wear chastity belts to stop the proliferation of prostitution in the country? Being one of the more popular tourist destinations, it has been perceived that the influx of tourists in the Philippines is not only motivated by its beautiful beaches but on its entertainment value. Tourists come to the Philippines not only its beaches and other scenic spots but to be entertained as well. And entertainment may mean so many things including sex. This is exactly what happened to Indonesia when local authorities told their female masseuses to padlock their pants.

To curb incidence of prostitution, a local government in Indonesia’s East Java province ask masseuses to wear a padlock on their pants. While this may be a sound deterrent against prostitution, it did not sit well with State Minister for Women’s Empowerment, Meuthia Hatta, who said that the recently implemented policy in the tourist area was misguided.

A news paper quoted the minister from saying that such policy is an insult to women. “It is not the right way to prevent promiscuity. It insults women as if they are the ones in the wrong.”  A newspaper showed a photograph of a masseuse with a padlock on the waist band of her trousers. A local administrator wants to maintain the image of Batu, 75 km (46 miles) south of Indonesia’s second-biggest city, Surabaya, as a popular tourist destination not on prostitution but “for its cool climate, hot springs and mountain scenery.”

“Last month, Indonesia passed a bill to restrict access to pornographic and violent sites on the Internet, while parliament has yet to pass a controversial pornography bill that aims to shield the young from pornographic material and lewd acts.”  The earlier draft versions contained provisions that penalize “people for kissing in public and criminalize many forms of art or traditional culture that hinge on sensuality.” Such provision, however, sparked criticisms since it may undermine basic freedom and “hurt Indonesia’s tolerant traditions.”

The Indonesian State Minister may have been irked by a photograph of a masseuse with a padlock on the waist band of her trousers. She said the “best way to curb prostitution in massage parlors is to improve security systems including installing CCTV.”

Does similar law hold water in the Philippines? Will people look at this as a curtailment of basic freedom guaranteed by the Constitution despite its positive impact on religion and morality? 


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