CEBU City Councilor Dave Tumulak will give 16 establishments a chance to explain why they violated the ban on street parties implemented by the City Government during the Sinulog grand parade last Sunday.
Tumulak, deputy mayor on police matters, said the City’s lawyers will meet with the establishment’s managers soon.
“This is to prevent the same thing from happening again as it (violation) did not only damage many government properties, but is also dangerous to the youth,” he said.
“They just have to be careful that they didn’t violate any other ordinances, especially those regarding taxes, because if that’s the case, they’ll have to suffer the consequences,” he added.
Tumulak said the establishment’s business permits might be suspended for a month.
Mayor Tomas Osmeña, for his part, said he is willing to sit down with the business owners and hear their side.
“I have to listen to all their concerns. I don’t have an exclusive franchise of intelligence and facts. Give me time to evaluate,” he said.
The owner of The Backflip Restobar earlier denied allegations that they did not heed the mayor’s directive to stop its blaring music during the grand parade.
Rachel Ann Montegrande, Backflip’s owner, said they have footage from their close circuit television camera to prove it.
The mayor said he won’t close the establishments who will be able to explain themselves so as not to affect the livelihood of their employees.
But he said he will cancel the building permit of Century Plaza for closing their parking lot when the City asked them not to do so.
The mayor said he has photos to prove that the establishment violated the directive.
“It’s already of public knowledge that Juana Osmeña St. and Gen. Maxilom Ave. were the hotspots I paid particular attention to (during Sinulog) in terms of the peace and order situation,” he said.