MetroVan Independent News October 2015 - Page 3 October 2015 3 News In the Philippines Lewd sex dancers grace Liberal swearing in party >> Continued from page 1 In that event, the dancers brought the house down as all the spectators were encourage to participate, in varying degrees, to the wild orgy. Some of the par ticipants were even born-again Christians. One of those who attended the Parokya event told Metrovan Independent News she knows one of the dancers and even showed that dancer’s Instagram account. It had isolated clips of her rapid fire pelvic moves either as an exercise or as a dance routine in a club. “They are very active in their gym training,” she explained. But yesterday in a bucolic town in the province of Laguna, a political swearing in affair of some 80 new political recruits to the Liberal Party shocked the young among them as a dancing group called The Playgirls started their sex dance routine to the tune of Twerk it like Miley. The emcee introduced the act as a gift to a Liberal official celebrating his birthday. Laguna Representative Benjamin Agarao Jr. was later defensively trying to justify the so-called "Tuwad na Daan" sexy dance that quickly spread in social Playgirls performing at Liberal swearing in party. media circles. It was performed during his 58th birthday celebration. As of press time, no one has admitted as to who was responsible for hiring the Playgirls. According to rumors that swirled, the trio was purportedly a surprise gift from resigned Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino, who had earlier announced plans to vie for a senate seat in the coming 2016 national election. Prior to the birthday celebration, which was held at Agarao’s residence in Barangay Patimbao in Sta. Cruz town, the administration standard bearer, Manuel "Mar" Roxas II, administered the oathtaking of new Liberal Party members from the province's fourth district, which Agarao was representing MMDA chairman Francis Tolentino drew flak on social media after he reportedly brought female dancers, who gave a lewd performance, after the swearing in of new Liberal Party (LP) members in Laguna. The female dancers were brought on stage after the oathtaking, with the emcee repeatedly announcing that it was Tolentino's "gift" to those who attended the event. Roxas' camp said they were surprised by the move, adding that Roxas had already left the venue by the time the dancers were on stage. In a statement on his Facebook page, Tolentino denied that he brought the dancers as a "gift" for Agarao's birthday. The manager of the Playgirls also denied the allegation saying that they were contracted by a certain Joanna. "Please hear my side of the story about certain materials circulating online: I was just a guest at the birthday party. I did not bring any dancers/singers. The emcee probably got misinformed," Tolentino said. Meanwhile, netizens slammed the MMDA chief for the move, saying it was "disgraceful" and "offensive" to refer to women as "gifts." Women's rights advocate Elizabeth Angsioco hit Tolentino for "using women for [his] political propaganda." "Chair Tolentino, you use women this way? This reveals your low regard for us. You are unworthy of ANY gov't position!" she said in a tweet. The impact of such an event, although viewed as nothing more than legitimate entertainment in the Philippines’ largely male macho culture, could alienate certain sectors of the electorate as it clearly indicates a brazen preference for partisan politics rather than adherence to a high moral ground. COA's Heidi Mendoza to head UN internal watchdog MANILA – United Nations (UN) SecretaryGeneral Ban Ki-moon named Heidi Me ndoz a , a commi s sione r of the Philippines’ Commission on Audit (COA), as the new head of the UN’s internal watchdog. In a statement Monday, October 5, the UN said Ban “informed the General Assembly of his intention to appoint Heidi Mendoza of the Philippines as the new Undersecretary-General for Internal Services for a 5-year, non-renewable term.” Mendoza begins to serve in this role “once the UN General Assembly gives its expected formal approval,” the Associated Press reported. On its website, the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) describes itself as the “internal oversight body of the United Nations.” The OIOS assists the UN secretarygeneral “through the provision of audit, investigation, inspection and evaluation services.” Mendoza is set to succeed Carman Lapointe, a Canadian who served as the auditor general of the World Bank Group from 2004 to 2009. Two decades in government Explaining Mendoza’s nomination, the UN noted her post as COA commissioner, as well as external auditor for the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Health Organization and International Labor Organization. “As a certified public accountant, Ms. Mendoza has over 20 years of service in government particularly in the field of audit, investigation, fraud examination, anti-corruption and integrity advocacy,