HOLD ON TO YOUR PONYTAILS! Anti-gay LNP MP George Christensen & his Filipina fiancée with the sexy lesbian past who the “member for Manila” met while allegedly trawling sex bars in the Philippines

EXCLUSIVE: He is the politician nicknamed the “member for Manila” after going on 28 separate trips to the Philippines and spending almost 300 days overseas in just four years on the Australian taxpayer dime.

But it can now be revealed the homophobic LNP MP, George Christensen, spent a large portion of that holiday time in an Angeles City bar that provides an “adult entertainment service” and it was where he would eventually meet his future fiancée who was in a lesbian relationship at the time. Serkan Ozturk reports.

Angeles City is considered the nightlife centre of the Philippines. And it’s where travel-happy LNP MP, George Christensen, is now said to have spent a fair chunk of his time in recent years.

All up – between 2014-2018 – the anti-gay, racist, Muslim-baiting, far right politician spent just under 300 days in the impoverished south-east Asian country.

While in 2016 and 2017, the member for Dawson in Queensland’s north spent more time abroad in the Philippines than sitting in Parliament, or representing his constituents.

In honour of his seeming fondness for the Philippines, political colleagues and foes alike have for a while now been sniggeringly referring to Christensen as the “member for Manila”.

As revealed by True Crime News Weekly last December, Christensen’s travel exploits in the Philippines had come to the attention of the AFP over possible fears the MP could put himself at risk of blackmail or worse.

At the time, we were the first media outlet to name Christensen as the anonymous MP at the centre of the AFP’s investigation brought on following concerned reports from Foreign Affairs officials about the politician’s visits to possibly “seedy” parts of the Philippines.

HOLD ON TO YOUR PONYTAILS! Anti-gay LNP MP George Christensen & his Filipina fiancée with the sexy lesbian past who the "member for Manila" met while allegedly trawling sex bars in the Philippines

A sweaty looking George Christensen shooting for glory (Image: Facebook / Supplied)

In the past week it has been revealed Christensen charged the public about $3,000 for taxpayer-funded connecting flights within Australia linked to his travels to the Philippines. In a move of great personal grace and honour, he has since referred the dodgy-looking free travel to the Independent Parliamentary Expenses Authority.

All the while, Christensen was earning about $550 each day from the Aussie taxpayer when on his jaunts as the “member for Manila”.

According to the current exchange rate, that equates to over 20,000 pesos in the local currency of the Philippines.

A good life one would think in a country of over 100 million people where a quarter of the population lives on just over 25,000 pesos annually. While the median annual wage is just over 50,000 pesos. That’s right. Christensen was likely being paid by the Australian taxpayer and earning more in just three days on his “personal trips” than what the majority of Filipinos and Filipinas make in 12 months.

In total, Christensen collected a hefty salary of about $163,500 over the almost 300 days he spent in the Philippines. That sure equates to a lot of pesos. Over six million pesos, in fact.

Just this week, the Labor Party stepped up its attacks on Christensen ahead of next month’s federal election for him to pay back the money he ‘earnt’ while spending way over his four weeks sanctioned annual leave overseas on 28 personal trips to the Philippines.

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“This bloke has to be the laziest politician in Australia,” Labor MP Jason Clare said on Tuesday, April 23 while visiting Queensland with Opposition leader Bill Shorten in a bid to heap further pressure on the ailing, holidaying MP.

“I don’t know about you but if you take 294 days off on holidays in four years, I don’t think you deserve to keep your job.

“What I think would be just is if the people of Dawson in a couple of weeks time send George Christensen on a permanent holiday – that’s what he deserves.”

It’s a sentiment one would think is shared by many ordinary workers as well as the victims of structural unemployment issues sweeping this nation.

But what was the Christ-worshipping, anti-gay, one-time wannabe Catholic priest up to all that time on his holidays? On his “personal trips”? In the “nightlife centre” of the Philippines? Where exactly was George Christensen and what was he doing?

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True Crime News Weekly can now exclusively reveal Christensen has been identified by witnesses as being ‘a regular’ at some of the seedier and sexier bars Angeles City has to offer.

One establishment in particular is said to hold a important place in Christensen’s heart. Why?

Because it’s where George Christensen met his future fiancee, April Asuncion, while she was working there in early 2017.

HOLD ON TO YOUR PONYTAILS! Anti-gay LNP MP George Christensen & his Filipina fiancée with the sexy lesbian past who the "member for Manila" met while allegedly trawling sex bars in the Philippines

A photo of a happy looking George Christensen with April Asuncion posted on her Facebook page (Image: Facebook / Supplied)

Right next to the ABC Hotel in Angeles City is the already famous Ponytails bar. A drinking hole that is likely to become even better known in Australia after our revelations this week.

One night just about two years ago who but Christensen happened to walk in. And he so happened to lock eyes with Ms Asuncion who had just started working at the bar a month or two earlier. We don’t know if it was love at first sight, but it was definitely infatuation for Georgie Boy.

We do hope the bar owners – the Dollhouse Group – see some kind of an upturn in customers from Australia intrigued by the exploits of Curious George before them. By most accounts, most gentlemen who visit Ponytails seem to have a great time. Others meanwhile have complained of awful dance music and being ripped off.

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It wasn’t the first time out at the rodeo though for the tough talking politician.

In fact, according to witnesses, Christensen has been spotted at Ponytails as far back as almost four years ago. Perhaps he is a big fan of the cheap drinks and the thumping dance music on offer. In any case, the politician was usually seen with a big box of chocolates and large stuffed toys like teddy bears to give to “the girls” working at the bar whom he seemingly fancied and wanted to catch the attention of.

Located on 21st Street Don Juico Avenue in Angeles City, the Ponytails bar opened almost a decade ago in September 2009.

According to one website, the bar has room for about 100 patrons at any one time, while it also employs 100 female dancers and 50 female wait staff to take care of their largely male clientele’s needs.

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A drink for yourself will take you back about 95 pesos, while one for the wonderful ladies working at the bar will see you have to shill out 200 pesos each time for the pleasure these days. Until a little while ago, it used to be about 50 pesos cheaper to buy a drink for a lady.

According to another website, “Ponytials [sic] offers a two tier system with the white tag girls going for 2500p and the green tag girls (spotlight) going for 3500p”. True Crime News Weekly believes the website is referring to the practice of some of the women working at the bar agreeing to spend a greater period of time with their male clientele.

On its own Facebook page, Ponytails describes itself as an “adult entertainment service” as well as a bar, disco and nightclub.

HOLD ON TO YOUR PONYTAILS! Anti-gay LNP MP George Christensen & his Filipina fiancée with the sexy lesbian past who the "member for Manila" met while allegedly trawling sex bars in the Philippines

Giddy up cowboy: The ladies at Ponytails bar (Image: AngelesCityBars.info)

Yet, rather than hear it from a second hand source or publicity blurb, it’s perhaps best for those who’ve actually been to Ponytails to describe the atmosphere and what goes on inside.

“I’ve been going to Angeles City for 11 years since 2008,” one Australian man who worked in the country’s mining industry explained to True Crime News Weekly.

“I live in these bars. I actually love the atmosphere. They are not salacious or demeaning. Each bar is themed and has its own routines.

“Some at cruise ship level but yes at the end of the day it is totally about buying sex.”

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Asked to explain more, our well-travelled source went on to talk about how the establishment was like “a go-go style bar”; but with something a little extra for gentlemen willing to pay.

“Girls dance in bikinis and costumes on a central stage with around 20 girls per session. The newest girls wear bikinis. The more experienced wear better costumes. They are ‘spotlight girls’. They work via a mamasan,” our source said as he went deep into the details.

“The mamasan is essentially a pimp. You pick your girl, you buy her drinks.

“You pay her barfine, and then you spend either a short time or longer with the girl. You work it out during the drinks stage of the encounter.

“The whole set up in Angeles is the girls are on display dancing until they are chosen by the customers.”

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The Australian mining worker says he first saw Christensen at Ponytails bar about three or four years ago.

“I first saw him in about 2015-16. I was working there for a mining company and had a place in Angeles City.

“I can’t recall the exact date but I remember just thinking, ‘Hey, isn’t that the fuckwit from Oz’ as I walked though the club,” the source said.

“Saw him a couple times in there but I didn’t take a photo.”

Our witness says Christensen’s exploits soon became something of a minor legend around the party town.

HOLD ON TO YOUR PONYTAILS! Anti-gay LNP MP George Christensen & his Filipina fiancée with the sexy lesbian past who the "member for Manila" met while allegedly trawling sex bars in the Philippines

More women in bikinis at Ponytails: (Image: Balibago.org)

“He was well known in Angeles City especially at Ponytails right next to the ABC Hotel,” the witness continued.

“Used to buy big stuffed toys and chocolates for the girls. He loved giving the girls huge stuffed toys.”

Yet there is much more to the story of Christensen and his adventures at Ponytails, as we’re yet to get to the truly ironic part of it all.

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For almost all his political career in the public gaze, Christensen has made it a habit to hate on members of this nation’s LGBTIQ community.

He opposed marriage equality, even tendering in opinion pieces to media outlets.

Along with a bunch of other conservative goons, he helped demonise and shut down the Safe Schools program which tried to teach the basics of respect to young people when it came to sexuality, gender and identity.

Long a favoured tactic of the hypocritical bigot, Christensen too has also been fond of tarring all gay people as possible paedophiles.

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So then, it might come as a shock to our readers – well, at least a minor one – when we now can reveal that at the time Christensen met his bride-to-be in early 2017 she so happened to be in a lesbian relationship with a work colleague at Ponytails. Indeed, a mamasan, as it turns out.

One former work colleague has confirmed the details of the relationship to True Crime News Weekly.

“It was well known in the Ponytails group,” a source explained.

“She was in a lesbian relationship with my friend who is a mamasan.

“I have the text [of the co-worker] regarding her relationship with April.”

HOLD ON TO YOUR PONYTAILS! Anti-gay LNP MP George Christensen & his Filipina fiancée with the sexy lesbian past who the "member for Manila" met while allegedly trawling sex bars in the Philippines

Ponytails bar soon after it opened in September 2009 (Image: Balibago.org)

Our source continued then to explain more about Christensen’s relationship with Ms Asuncion.

“She only worked for about one month before George got her.

“They don’t last very long. In general, a year would be close for sure. The professionals last many years,” our source said.

“When the girls get a boyfriend, he is usually called a sponsor.”

In Christensen’s case, that term might have even deeper meaning.

“April has a daughter. George pays 20,000 pesos per month for her accommodation and private school,” our source revealed.

It’s believed Christensen became engaged to Ms Asuncion last July after bizarrely proposing over the phone to her while she was in the Philippines. Just a couple years ago, Christensen had claimed he was single and “too busy with his career” to have a serious relationship. Christensen meanwhile has still not publicly confirmed if Ms Asuncion has ever visited Australia or travelled to visit her husband-to-be in his home country. True Crime News Weekly however understands Christensen has brought his bride-to-be over to Australia in recent months, soon after last Christmas.

Christensen did not respond to a list of questions sent to him this week.

The MP has previously told media the reason he has spent so much time in the Philippines in recent years was simply to engage in “charity work”, as well as spend time with Ms Asuncion’s family after meeting her in 2017.

We had asked Christensen whether his views on gay and lesbian people had evolved as well as whether he believed that earning $550 a day on the Australian taxpayer dime while spending months and months and months near and in the ‘sex bars’ of Angeles City was an appropriate use of his time.

True Crime News Weekly also contacted Ms Asuncion over social media. According to her personal Facebook page, Ms Asuncion ‘likes’ the official pages of Christensen as well as his Nationals colleague, David Littleproud. Ms Asuncion did not respond to our queries.

Management at Ponytails bar meanwhile would not provide comment when requested.

Although Prime Minister Scott Morrison claimed late last month Christensen “hasn’t spent a day in the Philippines since I’ve been prime minister” it can also be finally revealed Christensen is believed to have been at his favourite haunt of Ponytails as recently as last December, just before Christmas.

Morrison had become Australia’s accidental, temporary, and likely very soon-to-be-forgotten leader on August 24 last year.

True Crime News Weekly does not suggest Christensen is guilty of any offence or has broken any national or international laws, just that he has been at the centre of a serious investigation by the AFP following reports from the Department of Foreign Affairs. True Crime News Weekly would also like to state that sex work is real work and we do not pass any moral judgement on women and others involved in the adult industry.

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About Serkan Ozturk 95 Articles
Serkan Ozturk is an investigative journalist and the publisher and editor of True Crime News Weekly. His journalism has previously been featured by the likes of RT News, Sydney Morning Herald and Crikey. He is a member of the MEAA.

4 Comments

  1. If you think that shitting on an innocent woman for her choice of partner is journalism, you’re a woman-hating jerk. I hope George sues you for defamation on her behalf and teaches you a lesson in manners. What has her choice of job or whatever she chooses or has chosen to do got anything to do with her character or her integrity? This piece of shitty writing has a lot to do with yours. #womanhater

  2. Here’s me thinking George was a tad over excited … first real life girlfriend ever! Could have a young man in a spin, not knowing if he was in Canberra or the Phillipines.

    All a bit heady for a devout Christian. Have to wonder what ScoMo thinks, given his brand of Christianity’s approved dress code for women, among other anachronisms.

    Seems there are some relationships which stand the test of time – hypocrisy and the LNP.

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