Nograles ‘sex video scandal’ triggers  brisk sale 

                The Burlesk King video in all its naked glory is now selling like hot cakes in the sidewalk stalls in San Pedro and Magsaysay Avenue.

                Moro vendors of the sleazy video in its raw form however are selling the controversial video secretly for fear of being slapped with peddling pornography. In limited edition, the video sells at P200 apiece, with vendors saying rising demand could not be met by the distributor.

                The video comes out as the Davao City public awaits the release of the so-called Burlesk King video reportedly showing a congressman running naked in the lobby of a hotel in Manila after being caught in bed with a television personality by the woman’s husband.

                When the alleged incident became a full-blown national sex scandal ten years ago, Speaker Prospero Nograles alluded to as the naked congressman in media reports, slapped libel charges against a Manila-based tabloid which first run the story and several radio broadcasters in Davao City including then Radyo Bombo broadcaster Lex Adonis who served time before being pardoned.

                Rumors spread here that the video would surface as black propaganda against Nograles, who is running for mayor against Vice Mayor Sara Duterte, daughter of Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

                Nograles said the Duterte camp would be releasing the video of the Manila hotel incident during the campaign period. But he also said the video is non-existent, and dared the Duterte camp to make it public.

                The Burlesk King video now enjoying brisk sale at Davao City sidewalks was penned by director Mel Chionglo in 1999. Burlesk King is a story of a young man who tried to escape poverty by working as a macho dancer in gay bars.

Burlesk King is the second film in the gay-themed trilogy of Mel Chionglo and Ricky Lee about the lives of macho dancers, men who work as strippers in Manila’s gay bars. The first is Sibak: Midnight Dancers; the third is Twilight Dancers. Other films exploring the same theme are Lino Brocka’s Macho Dancer (1988) and Brillante Mendoza’s Masahista (The Masseur, 2005).

The film which gained wide acclaim had gone through the censor’s scissors before public exhibition due to its explicit sex scenes.

A vendor said the 11-year old film is doing a revival and getting brisk sale because of public excitement about the Burlesk King scandal reportedly involving Congressman Nograles.


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