Photogs shooed off, showbiz personality castigated

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Sunday, August 17, 2014

KADAYAWAN Festival was successfully launched once more, but this time, taking the centerstage was a celebrity guest who had to apologize to a big group of party-goers for calling Dabawenyos "hipon," and a police precinct commander and marshal who were shooing photographers at the Rizal stage despite issued media passes and even a business permit in the Pamulak and Indak-indak sa Dan.

Among them, Sun.Star Network Exchange team that has been granted a permit and has paid a corresponding fee for a space on the Rizal park stage for the live streaming of Pamulak sa Dalan, Sunday's floral parade festival.



Showbiz personality Ramon Bautista apparently got carried away by the crowd at Kadayawan Invasion party at the Davao Crocodile Park Saturday night, he called Dabawenyas "hipon," which in street lingo means beautiful of body but empty of head. He even urged the crowd to shout "Hi-Pon!" repeatedly.

At the audience were Vice Mayor Paolo Z. Duterte and former mayor Sara Z. Duterte who were fuming at the insult.

In her status update on Facebook, Sara wrote: "Attended this Kadayawan Invasion and heard this guy say 'hipon' ang mga babae sa Davao. Pila sa ako mga fb friends ang konsehal (Some of my FB friends are councilors). If you do not call out this guy as a persona non grata, you're doing a disservice to women all over!! P at F to you Ramon Bautista! Bisita ka lang, gumalang ka!"

"Wa nako palabya ug atong gistorya ning tawhana ug gipasabot nato nga gibastos ta niya, ilabi na ang atong kababayen-an (I did not let that pass and I made him understand that he insulted us, especially the women)," the vice mayor also wrote on his Facebook page.

As a result, Bautista had to apologize on stage under the watchful eye of Vice Mayor Duterte.

Police officer Royina Garma calls attention of photographers during Kadayawan
DAVAO. Police Supt. Royina Garma blowing her top against a group of photographers around 7 a.m. Saturday before the Indak-indak sa Dan started in front of the Marco Polo Hotel Saturday. (Jojie Alcantara)

Turned off

Photographers, both hobbyists and professionals, meanwhile, have called it quits by Sunday after being harshly treated by Police Superintendent Royina Garma just before the Indak-indak sa Dalan started Saturday.

Ace photographer Rhonson Ng said the media pass issued by the City Information Office was of no use, while travel photographer and Sun.Star columnist Jojie Alcantara opted to boycott the Pamulak after the action of Garma the day before.

"Nandoon kami sa stage ni Rhon (the one in front of Marco Polo Hotel). Yung nasa baba na mga young photographers were beginning to gather kasi wala pa nag start at meron nagpa practice pa lang na contingent. Biro mo, may narinig akong humihiyaw na akala mo cadet officer na akala mo galit na galit sa mundo! Sinilip namin ayun pinagtuturo turo niya ang mga bagets sa baba na akala mo naman ang laki ng kasalanan nila," Alcantara said with regards Garma.

"Siyempre kaming nasa taas nagulat pero di siya tumitingin sa amin sinabi lang niya 'Hawa lagi mo ba! hawa mo diri wala mo kasabot? Dili mo magpabadlong. Naa ba moy media ID? Kung wala, paghawa na mo diri! Dili lagi mo pwede diri kay sa mga judges ni!" Alcantara added.

She pointed out that it was still 7 a.m. and there was not a single judge around and that even the stage was still being set up.

"So sabi ko, 'Ayaw syagit mam. High blood man ka kaayo.' Apparently, she did not hear me or dinedma ako, sige pa rin siya yawyaw at sigaw dun sa baba at turo nang turo. So ang ginawa ko picture ako nang picture sa kanya. Maya-maya nagsubside na siya at umalis na. Sinira na niya mood ng lahat," she added.

When sought out for her side, Garma said she did not mean harm.

"Ang naging problema kasi marami talagang tao, kahit ang space for the media, photojournalist or photo hobbyists na occupy na rin ng mga spectators, at sa ingay ng paligid dahil Kadayawan, I have to make my voice louder in controlling the crowd," Garma said.

Contrary to her claim about the big crowd, Alcantara said, it was still 7 a.m. and there was still no crowd of people when Garma was shouting at the group of photographers.

"The photographers were allowed to take pictures, hindi ko sila pinagbawalan, pinagsabihan ko lang sila na sa tabi lang kumuha ng pictures, yun lang naman, to maintain the orderliness during the Indak-Indak and Pamulak. As to incidents, we've recorded four petty crimes in our area of responsibility," she added.

Marshal shooing off photographers during Kadayawan in Davao City
DAVAO. An unnamed self-proclaimed marshal shooes off professional photographers from in front of the Rizal Park stage durnig the Pamulak Floral Float parade on Sunday, August 17, 2014. (Rhonson Ng)

Street bullies

A photo hobbyist who is a marketing manager of a big real estate development company has his own story to tell. This time with a traffic enforcer.

"A traffic enforcer came to our very safe area in Apo View, together with me were bunch of media and hobbyists, who sat down to give way sa mga tao sa likod. I told him, kuya excuse naman po, pwede ka namang tumayo doon sa mga nagtutulakan na tao at hindi humarang sa mga lens namin. Umupo pa ang g-go at tinabunan kaming lahat," he said.

"Wala najud sya minghawa until nahuman na lang. Naglingkod sya sa among atubangan! Floral float? Bahala ka dha, tagae na lang nag camera inyong marshals (He did not budge all throughout. He sat right in front of us. Floral float? Forget it, just give your marshals cameras)," he said.

Photographer Ng said a marshal in civilian clothes with some policemen shooed them off from the front of the Rizal Park stage, saying they should not be there because "nakakaabala raw kami" and that they should instead shoot "sa dulo" at the other corner.

"We respect that you are doing your job but respect also those who are also doing their job most especially journalists who are helping promote Kadayawan," Ng said.

On the Rizal Park stage, the Sun.Star Network Exchange team who flew in from Cebu for the global live streaming of the Pamulak was also shooed off.

Sun.Star Managing Editor Alger Dura had to argue it out with the unnamed marshal who only shut up when shown the permit and receipts issued by the City's Business Bureau giving Sun.Star a space onstage.

Still, only the table for the live streaming equipment was allowed on stage while the camera was not allowed. Sun.Star paid P1,000 for the permit duly covered by a receipt.

The day before, during the Indak-indak, the Sun.Star team was not bothered from their spot onstage.

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

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