Some members of Dumet Skate, a group of skaters spread around the south and the neighboring areas, emailed Alabang Bulletin recently and asked for our help regarding a problem that they are having.
According to them, they are not allowed to skate at the Westgate Parking Lot anymore and they do not know why.
“For the past nine months, we’ve been regularly playing at the Westgate parking lot and we’ve done nothing to harm the establishment and we have positively patronized the area,” explained a Dumet Skate member.
He went on by saying that just three weeks ago, they were surprised to find out that they were no longer allowed to skate in the area.
Composed of many members, the group member said that the skaters range from six to 20 individuals at a time when they skate in the said parking lot usually every Friday and Saturday. He added that their members are no hooligans and are in fact well-known in the skateboarding field.
“Skating is our form of exercise but because of lack of education, we are treated poorly,” lamented the skater, saying that they are no different from the people that go to Westgate to jog or bike.
According to them, the guards did not give a valid reason when they were told not to skate there anymore but just say that their “bisor” told them to ask the skaters not to hang around the area.
“Walang rason. Basta binawalan lang kami,” he said.
He also said that they had already asked the help of former Munti councilor Ryan Bagatsing.
Is this a form of discrimination by the Westgate management? Are the group members scaring customers away?
Alabang Bulletin can only assume.