“Super” as a sex den was just one ofseveral alleged irregularities in the biggest public market in Iloilo City.Just this April, then mayor Jose Espinosa III revealed that fish vendors werebeing forced to cough up P50 for using tables, P10 for the trapaland P15 for the lights. The mayor ordered the LEEO to conductan investigation. It is closed by 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. anddelivery of products is scheduled, according to Nestor Canong, chief of thecity government’s Task Force on Morals and Values and Formation(TMVF) following initial talks with Local Economic Enterprise Office(LEEO) chief Ariel Castañeda. Gates would also be built to securethe market’s eight entrances, he added. Canong said makeshift structuresinside the market being used for commercial sex have already been dismantled asordered by the mayor. Vegetable vendors lay out their fresh produce outside the Iloilo Terminal Market, also known as “Super” to locals, in Iloilo City Proper. PHOTO BY LAGAW KITA TMVF and the Iloilo City PoliceOffice’s Women and Children Protection Desk recently rescued 14 minors at theterminal market. Treñas subsequently convened their parents. Soon, security cameras would beinstalled in the market, he added. Espinosa also exposed what he calledas “flying electricity connections” at the market, particularly at the fishsection. The electric bulbs of various fish stalls were connected to a privateelectricity meter and vendors were each made to pay P15 for their use. “Ginahalungannaton ang aton mga kabataan. Kon indi kamo mag-atipan sa mga kabataan, ari kamimaga-remind nga inyo sila responsiblidad,” said Treñas. ILOILO City – The city government hasimposed tighter regulations at the Iloilo Terminal Market, popularly known as“Super”, following the discovery of it being utilized in the commercial sextrade. “Indipwede nga diri sa aton syudad ginapabay-an n’yo ang inyo kabataan. Kamo nagdalasang inyo kabataan sa kalibutan, inyo sila responsibilidad,” Treñas told the parents. The parents were also offered theopportunity to avail themselves of livelihood training by the Public EmploymentService Office of the city government and the Technical Education and SkillsDevelopment Administration. Canong’s task force reported to MayorJerry Treñas recently that the market was being used as sex den by pimps atnight and that most of the prostituted people there were minors. The LEEO is the city government officeoverseeing the operation of public markets. He also noted the sprouting of illegalstructures outside the market. He wondered who set them up and who were makingmoney from vendors using these./PN These measures are on top of thedeployment of barangay tanods in the market to check those entering andleaving, said Canong.