Keeping Davao City wholesome and peaceful

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By Fe San Juan Hidalgo

Citizen Fe

Monday, August 4, 2014


THESE last days, I read some 14 accounts of not so pleasant news happening in our city. This upsets me, of course, but I was glad that a few had been solved and the rest are still being solved by our indefatigable Mayor Rudy Duterte and his son, Vice mayor Paolo Duterte.

Topmost in the news is the noisy revelry in the Crocodile Park of Davao where a pre Kadayawan Festival was in progress. Sponsored by the entertainment group headed by Kat Dalisay. The permit of Ms. Kat was revoked by the City Council after a long hearing and presentation of argumentation because of these offenses. Manic Nightnings production violated two laws or provisions set by the council. It violated the law on taxation of total sales of sold tickets. The show broke the commitment of the Women Development Code due to the exhibition of women in bikinis with undue respect for women concerning decency and decorum. The crowd rage and the name of the production ,itself which is" Manic Nightnings" bring a wrong connotation in the viewers 'minds so initially I sided with the council's decision. Producer Kat mentioned in defense of her show that these are the goals of the shows they produce. The programs are themed parties activities on entertaining the spectators, young and old alike, local citizens and tourists. The shows will celebrate and display our culture in songs, dances, pageantry in their presentations.

There will be a synergy of creativity and the city's hidden talents among the youth and adults will find their expressions. The shows will be stimuli for business and tourism revenues. These goals make the shows legitimate, entertaining and educational.

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The producers were wrong in making the programs open to a lot of misinterpretations. The name "Manic Nightnings" connotes nothing noble or decent. Manic from the root word mania means affected with excitement, hallucination, and violence. Frightening, isn't it? Nightnings sounds like lightning. These are streaks of light in the skies after a thunder. The crowd rage showed all these. They were in pandemonium and excitement. Suggestive shows on stage enhance these. We were told the adult spectators may buy liquor except minors. Minors are given bracelets upon paying to identify them. Smoking, drugs are not allowed for all. We know how cigarettes and drugs can be smuggled in the crowd cleverly concealed or hidden. It happens throughout the world that unfortunate incidences like these will result in date rapes, gang rapes, orgies, deaths, murders, and other heinous crimes happen. Crowd rage brings feelings of abandonment, aggressiveness, altered personalities when drugs and liquor are taken by the people here. These can be prevented from the start by having laws prohibiting the citizens beforehand. If Ms. Kat can do these precautions then it will solve her problems.

Mayor Duterte was willing to give Ms. Kat a second chance but the latest developments did not give her that chance. An entirely new resolution is presented to the council for approval. Ms. Kat is out for now but still free to apply again based on reforms pronounced by the council. Meanwhile full hearing and presentation of Kaz Onozawa of Spectrum Productions is being evaluated. It will start on August in time for the Kadayawan festival. It will comply strictly with the government requirements before holding any event. Spectrum is registered with the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC). Applicants for permits to have shows must pay all taxes due on correct tickets' sales paid at350 pesos general admission up to 2000 pesos for VIPs. The Beneficiary is the House of Hope. The group will have Mr. Larry Dizon of Crocodile Parks concert grounds as partner. With these developments we can be assured that any future presentations in the city will have the legitimate norms I have mentioned in my column today. Let us uphold the distinct marks of Davao City as a wholesome and peaceful city of the South. For comments txt cp. no. 09202112534.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on August 05, 2014.

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