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March 5, 2009 1:23am
(Update) MANILA, Philippines - Senate Minority Leader Senator Aquilino Pimentel Jr. on Wednesday denounced what he called the "blatant display of male genitals" during Tuesday's fraternity event in Manila's Sampaloc district.

In a privilege speech, Pimentel said he could not see any social relevance of the affair, which was similar to the UP Oblation Run and staged by members of the Alpha Phi Omega fraternity.

"To repeat, what redeeming social value does displaying the male genitals to prurient or innocent audience young and old posses to justify it?" Pimentel said, as he called for an investigation on the issue.

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The senator noted the event was witnessed by children since it was held in a public place.

Pimentel added that under the Revised Penal Code, those who participated in the event - their schools included - could be held liable for their actions.

"Sanction the parties responsible, including the university authorities for their failure to exercise their duty to see to it that the laws and the rules of this country may prevail," Pimentel said.

Pimentel has referred to his complaints to the Senate Education Committee. - Aie Balagtas See, GMANews.TV
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