Organizers told: Pay right taxes before holding events

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Saturday, July 19, 2014


DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte reminded organizers to pay right taxes before holding events in the city.

Duterte sided with the 17th City Council in the disagreement between the legislative body, through Vice Mayor Paolo Duterte, and Kat Dalisay, proprietor of Manic Nightnings Production.

"Let's go legal," he said in an interview with reporters on Thursday evening.

"Ako, I am recommending to the City Council, to ask them (Dalisay's group) to pay the right taxes. Yan kasing parang beneficiary nila, Padre Pio, it's a strange planet to me. And hindi natin alam kung magkano talaga ang naibigay, I am not saying it's fictitious...The better for them to do is to tax these organizers 30 percent para kikita ang syudad," he said.

The younger Duterte on Thursday got irked with Dalisay's posts on her Facebook account. Read related article: Event organizer irks vice mayor

He said Dalosay's posts were pertaining to them after they called her attention for allegedly violating several rules in the city.

The city mayor also defended the Kadayawan Executive Committee after it reacted for using the term Kadayawan without their permission.

"That is a legal entity and a foundation. They have the right to protect the name and not to be used for any notorious activity," Duterte said.

Meanwhile, Dalisay, in her Facebook account, said she respected the opinion of Duterte.

"Di naming (sic) pinipilit ang permit. We had a beneficiary, but we still paid the tax. We did not use the beneficiary to run from the tax. We still paid. I respect the opinion of our mayor, I am his follower, if he says to put a stop on the outdoor rave parties here in Davao City, I shall put a stop to it," Dalisay said.

"We will respect the decision of the council. We have rules and ordinances in Davao... and a very respected mayor. If he says to put a stop on the rave parties here in Davao City, I will put a stop to it," she added.

In a phone interview, she said she wanted to thank the city mayor for his "fair opinion" about the controversy.

"Talagang nirerespeto ko lahat ng city officials natin. Kaya ako nag sorry sa Facebook post ko earlier. Again, I had no intention of hurting anyone. Sorry po talaga," she said.

She also clarified that they had no liabilities with the city in terms of paying the right taxes.

"We abide by the law. Nag bayad kami ng tax sa lahat ng events namin. Yun nga lang medyo may delay pero nag bayad kami," she said.

Dalisay said she hopes everything will be settled now.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 19, 2014.

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