My dear friend, Mr. D from Singapore, a regular patron of Filipino gay establishments expresses his rage against the raid of "Boys of Bora":
I just learned that The Boys of Bora was recently raided - courtesy of Imbestigador. And I feel so angry about it. While some of these establishments may not be operating legally and the services they offer not legal, the workers there are all trying to make a decent and honest living driven mainly by poverty. Have Mike Enrique and the people at GMA thought about this? What is illegal may not be immoral and/or unethical. But what Mike and his colleagues are doing is plain immoral and unethical. I have nothing against shows such as Imbestigador per se. But what I take issue with is the kinds of things that they report on. Doing massage parlours and bars are unethical because they are doing that just to drive viewership ratings without a thought to the workers who depend on these establishments to make a living. Have they thought about the loss of income of these people and their starving families with the closure of the establishments after the raids? If they are really constructive, go investigate and expose things that may bring about an improvement to the lives of people such as cases of corruption, corporate dishonesty, bureaucratic incompetence and inefficiencies. I hope that enough people in the Philippines will say enough is enough to this kind of nonsense and stand up to the show producers. It would be good if like-minded people get together helmed by some famous characters such as Boy Abunda and condemn the show for taking advantage of poor and down-trodden people.
Christian from Boys of Bora
Thank you for this thought provoking piece of email. I completely agree with you. The so-called moralists of the Filipino society all blame poverty for the rise of prostitution in this country. But my question is, how does the raid of these gay establishments actually help the so called "victims" of poverty? I'm wondering.
And by the way, according to a text message from the owner of the massage center, no case was actually filed against them. But the damage has been done.