Rave party organizer, City Council face-off today

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Monday, July 21, 2014

THE controversial event organizer is expected to attend the regular session today, Tuesday, and explain why the 17th City Council should grant the permit for the rave party slated next month in time with the Kadayawan sa Dabaw celebration.

But before requesting the organizer Kat Dalisay of Manic Nightnings Production to speak, Floor leader Tomas Monteverde IV said the Council members will convene for an executive session.

"Among i-discuss unsaon namo ni si Kat Dalisay kay naa man gud mga alleged violations ba. Kay muingon mubayad gani ta ug buwis, mubayad gyud ta kay ang gobyerno man gud karon dumtanon kaayo. Basta gani dili ka mubayad sa buwis, pangitaon gyud ka. Mao na karon dili man pud nato ni pwede palampasun kay unfair sa ubang taxpayers (We will discuss what to do with Kat Dalisay. We are talking about taxes here. Government is very strict on taxes nowadays. You have to pay. It would be unfair to other taxpayers)," Monteverde said in a phone interview Monday.


He said the council summoned Dalisay last week when Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte learned about the alleged violations committed during the rave parties held at the Crocodile Park grounds.

He said Dalisay will be given a chance to explain during the privilege hour.

Dalisay, on the other hand, said she will arrive on time today, Tuesday. The session will start at 10 a.m.

"Yung sabi nila ang pagpunta ko daw ay para sa permit (ng Kadayawan Invasion) kung i-approve or not, basta gi-invite lang din ako. Ready lang din ako kung anong questions nila sa akin," she said in a phone interview.

However, Dalisay refused to elaborate, pending her appearance today. Dalisay owns Manic Nightnings Productions and is the organizer of rave parties in the city.

Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday sided with the City Council on the grounds of tax collection and permit.

But the mayor sided with Dalisay on what she "insisted" about the "freedom of expression."

"Let them settle first sa problem. Dili gyud mahatag permit if naay problem with tax. This time naa sila beneficiary, that's why they ask for a waiver," Duterte said during the Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa.

"Pero tama sila it is freedom of expression as long as they are not naked during the events. Unsa may diperensya aning dagat ug sa park? Is it really bastos to wear two-piece diha?" he said.

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.

She was placed in hot water when the council found out that she allegedly had lapses on tax during the past events and allegedly violated several ordinances such as smoking and liquor ban.

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

She also said they abided by the rules in paying taxes.

The spark that fanned all the controversies, however, was when Dalisay posted in her Facebook wall referring to unnamed people as “hypocrites”.

As she had just come from a meeting with council members and the Kadayawan Committee, and her comments before that post about hypocrites referred to what was discussed in the meeting, the council members felt alluded to, provoking Davao City Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte to take up her violations.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 22, 2014.

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