Duterte to give rave party a second chance

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Thursday, July 24, 2014


DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was more inclined to give the controversial event organizer Kat Dalisay a second chance to stage parties, contrary to the recommendation of the City Council to revoke the business permit of her Manic Nightnings Production.

However, Duterte did not categorically state on Wednesday if he will approve the council’s recommendation or not.

"She should be given another chance. Hanap-buhay yan eh. Hindi kami nagkaintindihan ng Council," Duterte said in a press conference held at the Seda Hotel.

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"I am just being a father to everybody. Give to the youth the time of their lives," he said.

He also cautioned the Council from filing a case against Dalisay. "Do not pursue it any further. I have my qualms it will not stand in court," he said. "Gamay ra kaayo ni. Mas daghan pa ko dapat patyon diri," he added.

The city's ordinances on the liquor ban and anti-smoking are Duterte's brainchild.

But even before the smoke has died down over the controversy generated by the Facebook comments of Dalisay virtually calling councilors “hypocrites”, Matina Crossing Barangay Chair Angela Librado-Trinidad is fuming once more, this time over a comment in Dalisay’s post.

In the comment on Dalisay’s rave parties, one Paul Poot, named Trinidad as having behaved improperly during an event at the Matina Town Square when she was still a councilor.

Librado had this very long post on Facebook:

“My view on the matter involving Ms. Kat Dalisay and her posts regarding freedom of expression and the Women Development Code has been sought for a few days now and even before the much celebrated summoning by the City Council. I refused to make a hasty comment or a careless banter because I actually like the discourse. I figured this is an opportunity for people of Davao City to discuss the Women Development Code anew since its enactment in 1997 and now that there is apparently an actual controversy. (For the information of Ms Kat Dalisay and her supporters, the law was crafted not by me, neither my sister, incumbent city councilor, but by Councilor Nenen Orcullo. Councilor Leo Avila, who I was told is a relative of Ms. Dalisay, is a co-sponsor and had Ms. Dalisay consulted her uncle, she would have understood the law better).

Perhaps a time to review it, make amendments and discuss the provisions' ramifications, this time involving not only the generation that made the law possible but those that benefited from it since its effectivity.

I am supposedly ready with my opinion but this necessarily has to take a backseat because of a thread in your Facebook account (Ms. Dalisay), where I was singled out by a Mr. Paul Poot (I hope that you are not hiding behind any alias as I believe you are as brave as your commentaries about me). I value freedom of expression and believe me when I say that my belief in it is stronger than any of you having been the daughter of a political prisoner in the 1980s and having been almost arrested for the exercise of such right a few times in my college years.

Don’t get me wrong, I don't belittle your experience as rave party goers but freedom of expression is essentially a political right and except for this recent brush with authorities, your politics I suppose has been limited to deciding on what music to play or what dress to wear.

Anyway, I am writing you simply to inform you that our exercise of our right to freedom of expression, although apparently limitless, must be done prudently and in good faith. Prudence dictates that you check your data first, Mr. Paul Poot because your inaccuracies can not only unmake you, it can cause your incarceration. Had you asked me first through a private message, I would have supplied you with the correct data.

When I was in the city council from 2001-2010, I was the target of countless character assassinations and I ate threats for breakfast, but I never answered each and any of the accusation especially when the same were opinions and reactions to my statements or positions on issues. The reason being, I value their freedom of expression. But not when people misquote, misdeclare or conjure facts to suit their own personal and political agenda. I understand your passion about parties and I respect that. But I abhor the fact that you twisted facts about me and the lavapalooza event to show your infatuation with skimpy clothes or decadence, in general. I doubly detest the way you hid behind the thread of Ms. Dalisay and not challenge me to a discourse outright. I am tempted to accuse you of being a coward for not calling my attention outright but I am immediately reminded of my father's wisdom on this. He said that people whose arguments are bankrupt and losing naturally resort to name calling or finger pointing. And then there is that principle of res ipsaloquitor (you can just google it if you can , i dont want to lose sight of my purpose here)

Secondly and most importantly, because of your malicious and fabricated statement, I demand that you recant and issue an apology the soonest time possible. As you already know, I have secured a copy of your post , thanks to all my lawyer friends, who kindly sent me copies, my private message inbox is already flooded with your posts. Honestly, I never thought the anti cybercrime law would have a chance, until you came.
Ms. Dalisay, I understand that liking a post is not punishable under the anti cybercrime law. But for what effect it could possibly have on my children, for liking a post so irresponsibly written, I hold you responsible.

Please don’t take this as a threat. Women, especially mothers, do not make threats, they ACT.”

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 24, 2014.

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