MANILA, Philippines – Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto is standing firm on his decision to not give amusement tax discounts or exemptions to concert producers and promoters who are planning to organize a show within the city’s big venues.
Calixto maintained that tax discounts and exemptions are applicable only to “extraordinary cases.”
The Pasay City mayor stood his ground after his government was criticized by a producer of the upcoming concert of Ogie Alcasid, head of the Organisasyon ng Pilipinong Mang-aawit (OPM).
The producer accused the local government of allegedly giving preferential treatment to American singer Adam Lambert as well as not imposing amusement taxes on foreign acts, particularly that of Lambert’s show.
Alcasid’s camp said the practice has purportedly led to the downfall of the local music industry.
Lambert’s concert producer, the Blue Dream Productions, however, disputed the allegations.
It said the company abided by all the rules and regulations in securing a show permit. It also emphasized that the show has not been excluded in the imposition of the amusement taxes.
It was also learned that the Pasay City Council did not reject the tax discount request of Alcasid’s producer.
Following the denials, the producer said sorry to the Pasay City government.
Calixto, on the other hand, accepted the apology. However, he disclosed that the city’s legal department is still looking into the possibility of filing a libel case against them.
Pasay City, dubbed as the show capital of Asia, collects 5% amusement tax from producers who are planning to hold their shows in Mall of Asia, Aliw Theater, Star City, World Trade Center and other big venues in the city. -Report from Mario Dumaual, ABS-CBN News