As usual, when I came into Sabang beach resort on Puerto Gallera island in the Philippines, I went straight into VIP Dive to have a talk with John about doing some diving. After a dive on this particular day, we went to Captain Gregg’s for a bite to eat and a couple of beers. The topic turned to the dark underside of the Philippines, in particular the sex. John told us about the man over in small LaLaguna, an area of the resort with an expanse of white beach and small luxurious cabins for renting, who was notorious for his love of young boys. He never leaves his beach house, but often has boys staying with him. Most logical people find this disgusting and fowl, but “No one here is going to say anything when he is paying his 1,000 pesos a night for a room all in advance.” John stated so firmly. “The people here will be very Catholic and family oriented, but money makes them turn a blind eye and pretend they do not see what I going on.”
The conversation then turned to the institutional child prostitution that might be found on the island. “The last time I was here, a man and his Filipina-American wife stopped going into one of the go-go bars because they said that it had girls in the bar that were obviously too young. They said that when the police would come, they just slip out the back door, more than likely the police gave fair warning as well.” I said in passing, which triggered a thought in his head. “Yeah, there is a Japanese guy running around with a girl from the Sabang Disco that is so young, I would be embarrassed to be seen with her, but he is always running around with her.” He told us and he would know well, as his shop sits right on the walkway where men and women pass daily, and nightly. That night was the first I heard of Jobay, but over the rest of the vacation, we would meet more than a few times.