Pasay City Motels May Soon Ask Customers to Show ‘Proof of Relationship’

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Sogo hotel branch at Pasay – EDSA Harrison; Credit:

Pasay City motels, small inns, and similar establishments may soon implement stricter rules. A potential city ordinance is being set to require all motel customers to show their IDs and proof about their relationship. The said policy will be applied to groups and couples of any age and gender.

According to Pasay City District 1 Councilor Gracelyn Santos, who authored Resolution # 1695, the main purpose of this resolution it to control prostitution and to prevent child abuse. This is after records show that related crimes have rapidly increased in her district. However, no specific data was released.

“Nakakalungkot pong isipin na parang nagging normal na lang pag nakakakita tayo ng isang babae ay sumasama sa isang lalaki sa isang motel. Sa tingin ko, nakaka pangit ito ng imahe ng kababaihan lalo na dito sa Pasay. Hindi natin pinapansin kung naabuso na pala sila.” Santos told TN.

(It’s sad to think that seeing women going inside a motel with a man is now a normal scene. In my opinion, this destroys the image of women especially here in Pasay. We do not care if they are already being abused.)

“Hindi po planong panghimasukan ang privacy ng customers. Ang hangad po natin ay linisin ang Pasay at protektahan ang kababaihan at kabataan.” The Pasay City counselor added, noting that many luxurious hotels in the Philippines are also asking customers to sign in their names in the lobby.

(We don’t plan to invade the privacy of the customers. Our only purpose is to clean Pasay and to protect women and the youth.)

Based on the resolution, people entering a motel should to show their IDs and any evidence that will prove how they are related to each other. For couples, they should show their wedding rings or any proof that they are married. Teenagers and children will only be allowed to enter if they are with a parent or relative.

In addition, groups will only be allowed if they can prove they have no other place to rest or sleep. This is likely applicable to people who live in far places and prefer not to go home due to safety reasons, especially at night. Students will also not be allowed during their school hours.

For violators, the motel management shall be penalized via P5,000 for 1st offense, P10,000 for 2nd offense, and P25,000 for third offense and possible cancellation of business permit. The said proposal has already been submitted to Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto for his approval and signature.

Santos said that she hopes that it will be soon implemented and that other districts in Pasay City as well as in other places shall do the same. Meanwhile, woman advocacy group Gabriela agreed to the said resolution. Nevertheless, the proposal received mixed reactions from the public, especially from netizens.

“Good news for wives, but very bad news for husbands with mistresses 🙂 ” Apolinaria Magbitang (@apolopdiay) tweeted.

“Hope this will be implemented soon. This will also help change the image of motels being a place for short-time lust.” Eugenio Alfonso III (@genealfonso) tweeted.

“Very lame and useless proposal. I can easily bring my girlfriend to Alabang. Sogo is everywhere 🙂 ” Ralph Lorenzada (@ralphlorenzada) tweeted.

As of posting, Hotel Sogo has not yet released any official statement on this issue. Being the most popular hotel chain in the Philippines, there are now 30 Sogo branches nationwide. This includes 22 Sogo hotels in Metro Manila, where two of them are in Pasay City – one in Harrison and another in EDSA Pasay Rotonda.

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