From Manila Bulletin.....no comment Expats' dummies own most of dive site's properties September 3, 2009, 7:53pm DUMAGUETE CITY (PNA) — Most if not all of the foreshore areas in Dauin town in Negros Oriental are now in the hands of foreigners engaged in the business of resorts and dive shops. Dauin, which is some 12 kilometers north of Dumaguete, capital city of Negros Oriental province, is considered one of the best world-class dive destinations in the country. A total of 14 foreigners reportedly own resorts and beaches in Dauin, some of them using dummies as incorporators. This was confirmed by Mayor Rodrigo Alanano who assured his constituents he will pursue efforts to collect taxes from said dummy-fronted businesses. The mayor said he has reason to believe some of these resorts and dive shops are not paying the right taxes due Government. He said these resorts earn millions of pesos, but not even a fourth of their gross income is declared. The mayor disclosed that these resorts and dive shops buy tickets from the municipality at R200 per dive at the marine sanctuary and then turn around and sell these tickets for as much as R2,500 to dive enthusiasts. From January to July this year, Dauin town had earnings of R6.5 million from dive tickets alone. With data gathered in cooperation with the Bureau of Internal Revenue, Alanano said he will not stop and will not give up until these foreigners pay the right taxes. Alanano said one foreigner engaged in resorts and dive shops is presently establishing an upland resort with a different name using dummies.