Event organizer irks vice mayor

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

AN IRATE Davao City Acting Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte called the attention of a prominent Davao-based event organizer on Thursday for allegedly violating several city policies, including smoking and liquor ban, while holding well-attended events in the city.

Duterte identified the event organizer as Katrina "Kat" Dalisay, who owns Manic Nightnings Productions, organizer of successful rave parties in the city, including the jam-packed Carte Blanche held in November 2013 and Liberalia in March 2014.

Both events were held at Davao Crocodile Park concert grounds and were attended by more than 10,000 partygoers.


Duterte claimed that the organizers failed to observe the strict implementation of city ordinances on smoking and liquor ban. He also claimed there were unverified reports that selling and distribution of illegal drugs was uncontrolled during the event.

He also cited other violations, including "no performance bond posted, no approved special mayor's permit (since the permit was only complied after payment of tax only), and no tickets registered at central office” on the Carte Blanche event."

Alcoholic drinks were served to minors, and violated the women's code by "holding lewd dances by scantily clad girls," the vice mayor also said.

Dalisay, however, denied these allegations, saying they had strictly observed all regulations required in holding events in the city.

But the 17th City Council found out all these violations when Dalisay wrote a letter of request to Business Bureau OIC lawyer Lawrence D. Batinding to approve their Kadayawan Invasion, a rave party, on August 16.

Duterte said the Kadayawan Executive Committee (ExeCom) reacted to the request of Dalisay since it uses the term "Kadayawan" for their event.

Under the rules and regulations of the ExeCom, anyone is prohibited to use the term during the Kadayawan celebration without their permission.
Thus, a meeting was called to iron out issues.

The meeting was attended by some city councilors, City Treasurer’s Office and the Business Bureau, together with Dalisay and her father.

Duterte claimed Dalisay lost her temper during the meeting and insisted it was all about "freedom of expression."

He said everything that happened during the meeting was noted in the minutes.

After the meeting, Dalisay allegedly posted comments on her Facebook account about what was discussed during the meeting.

A screenshot of her post read, "Mag long sleeves na lahat ng mag punta ng rave party ha. Bawal daw yung mag sexy sexy dito sa Davao City. Against women's code."

Another post read, "What happened to freedom of expression? Hypocrites."

These posts got the ire of Duterte, who summoned Dalisay and the Manic Nightnings to appear before the regular session on July 22.

"We will give you 10 minutes during our suspended rules to explain to us the violations your group committed. Ipa klaro sad sa amoa unsa nang freedom of expression nga ginaingon nimo. Wala koy labot kung ****-*** pa na," Duterte said in an interview Thursday.

He said the City Council will also study whether it will still give the group a chance to hold another rave party in the city.

In a separate interview, Dalisay denied violating the city ordinances during the rave parties.

She, however, admitted there were lapses in securing the permit and payment of taxes.

Dalisay also clarified that she never shouted during the meeting with the city councilors.

"Hindi ako sumigaw. I was very calm. Kung paano ako magsalita sa harap ninyo ngayon, ganito lang pagkasabi ko sa kanila kahapon," Dalisay said.

She said the freedom of expression was pertaining to the "dress code" that the party-goers should observe during their events.

"We just told them to wear something na neon kasi nga rave party siya. T-shirt, shorts, tapos tsinelas para comfortable lang sila. Pero yun lang," she said.

She said she will appear during the session next week as requested by Duterte.

She also apologized for her comments posted on Facebook.

As of Thursday, the posts were already deleted. "I am sorry sa Facebook post ko. Had no intention of hurting anyone," she said.

"Nahadlok ko gamay gina respect man nako na sila vice mayor pati mga councilors nato. Kung dili nila iapprove among event, okay lang sa amoa. Masabtan namo,” she said.

As of this posting Thursday, Dalisay also posted new status “I'm sorry for my posts yesterday… if it caused any misunderstanding… I'm sorry again."

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 18, 2014.

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