201 arrested for violating Comelec liquor ban

Subscribe Now May 18, 2013 at 07:29pm

At least 201 people were arrested during Election weekend for violating the two-day poll liquor ban, the Philippine National Police said Wednesday.

PNP spokesman Chief Superintendent Generoso Cerbo Jr. said most of those arrested were in Davao and Metro Manila, radio dzBB's Glen Juego reported.

Cerbo said that in Metro Manila, most of the violators were from Mandaluyong and Quezon Cities.

But he said there were relatively few violators of the ban, saying this is due to vendors of alcoholic beverages complying with the liquor ban.

As of 6 a.m. Monday, the PNP had reported at least 150 people were arrested for violating the liquor ban.

Under the two-day liquor ban, selling and buying of alcoholic beverages was prohibited from 12 a.m. of May 12 to 11:59 p.m. of May 13.

However, drinking and serving liquor may be allowed under these circumstances:

- Drinking alcoholic beverages within private property
- Hotels and tourist-oriented businesses certified by the Department of Tourism
- Foreign tourists may take alcoholic beverages in exempted establishments.

Drinking and serving alcoholic beverages in polling places was prohibited.

Source: gmanetwork.com

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