Montoyo: Business tried to reclassify their permit following the incident
By Dominique Gabriel G. Bañaga
Executive Assistant Sammy Montoyo recently revealed he will be recommending Peats and Beans for closure. A viral video recently revealed the Bacolod City establishment, located along Lacson Street in Barangay 5, featured female minors performing lewd dances.
According to the Permits and Licensing Division (PLD), the business was classified as a coffee shop. However, Montoyo noted, with the dancing event taking place on September 2, records showed the business applied for a new permit on September 4 in order to be considered a restobar.
“The new application is now being held in abeyance by the pending investigation,” he explained.
He added, with the Bacolod City Police Office-Women and Children’s Protection Desk continuing to investigate the incident, since it involves “an act against decency and morality,” which has also caused public indignation, the application should remain pending.
Montoyo; City Legal Officer, Atty. Joselito Bayatan; and PLD officials are expected to meet to discuss possibly rescinding Peats and Beans’ business permit and shutting down the establishment./DGB, WDJ