Generally I don’t bring up any of this stuff purely because there are other people dealing with it as well as the fact the media often twists the stories of what happened. In this case though things have plenty of evidence provided by the American Joseph Christian Bogo from Avella in south western Pennsylvania as he actually videoed the event he staged in a tent.
On Sunday afternoon he was arrested for taking videos of 7 girls wresting in Daanbantayan a town in Cebu province. Local officials said they first seen the foreigner with the girls they had assumed were all minors putting a tent up in an empty mountain lot. With this information the Barangay Tanods were sent to investigate who found the guilty party videoing the 7 girls inside the tent at which point the incident was reported to the police.
Chief Inspector Santos of Daanbantayan Police Station responded to the incident and identified Joseph Christian Bogo through his passport which showed he arrived in February and has visited the Philippines previously since 2009. During the investigation Chief Inspector Santos discovered several of the girls were minors aged 14,16 and 17 years old all from Pasil, Cebu city. The other 4 girls were still having their information confirmed as well as the fact that they said they came from Bogo. A mini-DV was recovered from the video camera with evidence of the events that took place.
Joseph’s response to the situation was that he knew all of the girls and they were friends just having fun and called the video “Catfight, topless girl wrestling”. On questioning the girls said they have been recruited via a female named “Sheryl” Pasil given P2,000 to do the catfight with the chance to win P1,500 if they won the fight. The police are still searching for Sheryl. Joseph went on to say he was a blogger and that although he did blog he wouldn’t be using the video in it as it was for personal consumption. Continued on the video another woman was identified as Joseph’s girlfriend that he was planning to marry in May.
The girls were all taken to the Department of Social Welfare and Development. While Joseph was left to make himself comfortable in a detention cell in Daanbantayan. The Police are looking to file a trafficking of persons charge against Joseph at Bogo city regional court. The U.S. embassy has already been made aware of the situation and Joseph has also made contact with relatives to inform them of the situation.
Now we have gone over what has happened I just wanted to add a bit more. Firstly this has to be the worst time to be doing something so stupid in the middle of a man hunt on Cebu for the murder of the girl in Minglanilla as Foreigners especially white ones are on the short list for arrests. On top of that we really don’t need these types of people here in the Philippines and a strong feeling he’s going to feel some jail time because of his actions at the same time I am annoyed there are so many of these types of people here that reflect badly on everyone else.
At the same time I want to point something else out as some people may assume I am anti social a lot of the time as I generally sit out in the wilderness doing my own thing. Look at this guy and I wonder how many people he knows and other people weren’t aware of what he gets up to in his spare time. This is why I keep a distance personally as you never know who’s sitting at your table not paranoid just common sense as being tarred with the same brush is so easy these days with the power of the internet.