Mayor: File complaint vs ‘wet and wild’ parties

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Monday, June 23, 2014


BACOLOD City Mayor Monico Puentevella has urged parents and other concerned groups and individuals to send an official complaint to his office regarding the staging of “wet and wild” parties so that he can act on it accordingly.

Puentevalla said in a television interview that it is difficult to act on something that can only be accessed on social media and other online sites.

“I want a genuine complaint so that I can act on it. It is quite hard to act based on social media considering that anybody can say for and against it. If there is an official complaint, my office can have a basis for our action officially,” he said.

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Puentevella said he cannot order the stoppage of these activities without conducting a thorough study, thus he is enjoining the concerned sectors to come up with an official complaint.

An online petition against the “wet and wild” parties was mounted earlier this month after a series of these events were held in Bacolod during the summer.

Subsequently, an ordinance regulating revelries, public parties, saturnalias and any other similar events being held in Bacolod, and providing penalties for violators was passed by the City Council on first reading last week.

The ordinance was authored by Councilors Caesar Distrito and Em Ang, with Councilors Carlos Jose Lopez and Ana Marie Palermo as co-authors.

It cited that recently, events being tagged as “wet and wild parties,” “weekend parties,” “summer parties,” or similar public gatherings were held in several places in the city and attended by numerous partygoers, among them minors.

It noted that partygoers are seen in public behaving outrageously while drinking alcoholic beverages, smoking cigarettes, dancing in a wild or suggestive manner, and some seen doing acts which may seem sensual, lewd, disturbing and scandalous.

The ordinance said that such inappropriate occurrences have alarmed parents, churches and schools and some have initiated online petitions asking for the city government to do something that will immediately address this issue.

The proponents said the ordinance is being proposed to address the concerns of those who are affected and also to protect the welfare of women and children in relation to the provisions of the Bacolod Gender and Development Code.

It also prohibits the sale, use and possession of illegal drugs or any similar substances within and outside the premises of the venue and those caught violating the law will be dealt with in accordance to Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002.

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on June 23, 2014.

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