KTV bar appeals vs. closure order

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

THE management of a KTV bar in Barangay Mabolo, Cebu City, which was ordered closed for allegedly holding lewd shows, filed an appeal before the Office of the Mayor.

In a four-page affidavit, owners of Las Vegas KTV Music Lounge said they hoped that Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama would reconsider his closure order.

Last Dec. 20, the Cebu City Anti-Indecency Board (CCAIB) together with City Hall personnel padlocked the bar after it was found to have been holding lewd shows, a violation of City Ordinance 1408.

The owners, in their motion for reconsideration, said the Office of the Mayor merely relied on the resolution of CCAIB as basis for the issuance of the closure order.

CCAIB conducted surveillance operations on the bar last Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 where they reportedly saw women allegedly dancing half-naked on stage. Such findings were used by CCAIB to recommend to Rama to close the bar.

The owners, however, said they are seriously adhering to the policy of “No lewd and obscene performances” of the City Hall.

“While the anti-indecency board feels that the previous warnings and notices were left on deaf ears, the same is entirely not correct for the owners of the bar has taken the matter seriously to the point of reprimanding the duty manager for her negligence and incompetence to faithfully oversee the performance of the performers so that every performer must adhere to the policy,” the affidavit read.

The affidavit stated that despite the efforts of the owners to impose the policy, not all performers are as obedient and law abiding as the owners of the bar.

The incidents during the dates that the CCAIB made the surveillance, the owners said, never had their consent and authority and were the performers’ decision.

The bar owners also clarified that the alleged acts found by CCAIB were isolated and should not be taken entirely against the establishment.

The owners said that because of the closure of the bar, some 50 employees lost their jobs.

Rama, for his part, said he is open and willing to discuss the appeal of the bar owners.

“The mayor is a reasonable mayor,” said Rama in an earlier interview.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 29, 2013.

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