Baywalk restaurant ‘must process new business permit’-A A +A
Saturday, March 9, 2013
LAWYER Sonny Petierre, former chief of the Bacolod City Permits and License Division, and lawyer Dennis Cortez, legal counsel of Almana Development Corporation, met on Friday to discuss the deficiency of Baywalk Restaurant and Entertainment Plaza in its mayor/business permit.
Almana owns and operates the Baywalk Restaurant.
Petierre said he advised Cortez to tell his client to apply for a mayor's permit with different line of businesses.
He said Baywalk cannot use a business permit with Singcang as its place of business because the restaurant is located at Reclamation Area and falls under Barangay 12.
Cortez and Baywalk business manager Billy Togle held a press conference Friday morning and insisted that they have obtained the business permit, but there was only a question regarding its address or place of business.
It is only a minor but very much curable deficiency, he said.
However, Petierre pointed out that Baywalk should apply for a new business permit.
As to the ownership of the property, Cortez said his client has the legal right over the property. The purchase of the property is legally in order.
The titles pertaining to the said property belonged to private entities and there is no indication that it belonged to the City of Bacolod, being a party in the Comprehensive Revised Reclamation Agreement.
"We are willing to face and answer them in a proper venue, if ever the city claims ownership of the property," he said, adding there was a legal and valid purchase. “We have the legal right to defend and rely on the titles in good faith.”
Cortez said as long as the titles pertaining to the properties are registered in the names of the private entities and as long as there is no indications that these titles belonged or pertained to other entities, “we have the right to defend it.”
He said if there are claimants to the property and those claims are not duly annotated in those titles, Almana Development Corp. cannot be held responsible.
He refused, however, to divulge from whom they purchased the property. (Carla Canet/Merlinda Pedrosa)
Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on March 09, 2013.