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Baywalk given due process
before closure, mayor says

The Bacolod Baywalk Restaurant and Entertainment Place at the Reclamation Area in Bacolod City was afforded due process before it was closed Monday for the deficiency of its business permit, Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said in a radio interview yesterday.

Leonardia said the decision to close the establishment was made after a series of meetings, discussions and investigation made by the City Government. “It does not mean that the decision was automatic,” he said.

The Bacolod City Legal Office implemented the closure of Baywalk Restaurant and Entertainment Place yesterday morning and it cannot operate until it has completely complied with all legal requisites for its operation.

In its notice of revocation of Mayor’s Permit dated April 19, the Office of the Mayor ordered Baywalk, which was operated by Almana Property Development Corporation, to cease and desist from further conducting business.

Leonardia said the Sanggunian Panlungsod, through Councilor Cesar Distrito, chairman of the Committee on Laws, Ordinances and Good Government, made a parallel investigation to that of the City Legal Office led by City Legal Officer Joselito Bayatan; and both investigations yielded the same unanimous recommendation.

Leonardia said it was a sign of political will on the part of the City Government to order the closure of Bacolod Baywalk Restaurant and Entertainment Place.

It is clear that the local executive, or the mayor has the power to revoke or cancel business permit as part of its police power and that means that those who do not comply with the rule of law will necessarily be dealt with, he said.

Leonardia added that the City Government made sure that the closure was orderly and peaceful.

“We pride ourselves in being a finalist in the country’s Most Business Friendly City, and had once been declared as such, so we are very careful in dealing with our investors,” he added.*CGS.

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