CEBU CITY, Philippines - Criminal charges are being readied against beach resort owners and organizers of a bikini fashion show held in Sta. Fe town, Bantayan Island last Saturday for allegedly violating the Provincial Women's Code.
Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia said she also asked Sta. Fe officials and the town's police chief to show cause why they should not be charged for failure to implement the code.
The bikini fashion show called ?Summer Pump? was held at Rommel's Beach Resort in Barangay (village) Pooc in Sta. Fe town, one of the three towns on Bantayan Island.
Footage from a GMA 7 news program showed that the show started at 11 p.m. and was divided into three parts.
The models led by sexy stars Maui Taylor, Jennifer Lee and Paolo Paraiso first paraded in their summer dresses.
Part of the show showed the models in skimpy bikinis that were covered with a wrap around skirt made from strips of a shiny material sown together.
Bikinis were exposed every time the wind would blow the wrap around skirts.
In another part of the show, models paraded the stage in very short shorts and skimpy bras. A female model was also seen dancing with her male partner.
Garcia said she would request for a copy of the GMA 7 footage as evidence for the charges that would be filed against the event organizer and the sponsors.
The governor was irate when she heard reports of the bikini fashion show on Monday morning.
?I tried to be very diplomatic about this pero ug inyo gyud ko suwayan, makita gyud ang katag ani (but if you continue to disobey, then we will see what will come next),? she said.
The women?s code imposes a fine of P5,000 or an imprisonment of one year or both depending upon the discretion of the court.
Business entities may also lose their permit if convicted for the violation of the women?s code.
Sta. Fe Vice Councilor Roger Illustrisimo told Cebu Daily News that town officials issued a permit for Tiu?s show.
Illustrisimo, husband of Sta. Fe Mayor Jennifer Illustrisimo, said town officials were unaware that Tiu's fashion show featured bikini clad women.
Garcia said charges would be filed before the provincial prosecutors? office against any violator of the women's code.
Section 19 of the Local Government Code on the general welfare clause also prohibits in public places any lewd activities that violate women?s rights.
Provincial Attorney Marino Martinquilla said his office would gather testimonies from those who watched the show.
But Illustrisimo said their municipal government was careful in implementing the code.
He said they also have an ordinance prohibiting bikini and nude shows at least 500 meters from church grounds.
He added that town officials even informed event organizers about the prohibitions before the Holy Week. /With a report from Correspondent Chito Aragon