ILIGAN City Mayor Celso Regencia has ordered the closure of an FM radio station in Iligan City for its alleged failure to pay P42,125.74 in back taxes since 2014, a city official said Wednesday.
Jose Pantoja, Iligan City information officer, said in a telephone interview that FM station DXLS, popularly known as “Love Radio,” was padlocked last week for alleged tax delinquency.
He said the alleged failure of the radio station to pay its taxes means that the radio station was operating without a business permit.
“Contrary to the allegation, the radio station was not closed because of its being critical to the administration of Mayor Regencia,” Pantoja said.
A radio commentator, who agreed to talk on condition of anonymity, said that the closure of the station could be due to its critical stance against the city executive.
The source said that several commentators of the radio station have been criticizing the release of Regencia from prison early this year.
There were suspicions the Love Radio commentators were “financed” by Regencia’s political adversaries.
The Regional Trial Court Branch 77 in Quezon City has cleared Regencia of multiple murder and multiple frustrated murder in connection with the ambush of former Iligan City Congressman Vicente “Varf” Belmonte in 2014. The decision was penned last January 30.
Regencia is serving his second term as Iligan mayor. The first few months of his first term were spent in the city jail in Barangay Tipanoy because of the case.
Love Radio is owned by the Manila Broadcasting Company. It started operation in Iligan City on February 13, 1995.
The management of the radio station has not issued an official statement about the closure order.
(Jigger J. Jerusalem/PNA)
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