Davao to impose 5-day liquor ban

Subscribe Now May 06, 2013 at 07:11am

THE Commission on Elections (Comelec) in Davao will strictly impose a five-day election liquor ban starting May 9, Thursday, up to May 13, Election Day.

Comelec-Davao Director Wilfredo Jay Balisado said the liquor ban will be in compliance with Comelec Resolution 9582, which provides the rules and regulations on the liquor ban in connection the May 2013 elections.

"Lahat ng mga alcoholic drinks and beverages banned kasi alam naman natin na nakaka-alter ng behavior ang alcohol and this may affect the conduct of the voters, candidates and iba pang tao na involved sa elections,” Balisado told Sun.Star over the phone.

He said business establishments will also be covered in the liquor ban as stores, markets, restaurants and hotels are not allowed to sell alcoholic beverages. The only establishments exempted from the ban are establishments certified by the Department of Tourism (DOT).

The regional election officer also said locals will be prohibited to buy alcoholic beverages, but tourists will still be allowed as long as they buy from DOT-certified establishments and consume the alcoholic drinks there.

"It is okay to consume alcohol at home if they already have stocked some alcohol before the start of the liquor ban or at DOT-certified establishments. However, during the election day, they won't be allowed to cast their votes if they are under the influence of alcohol," Balisado said.

Alcohol consumers who will violate the liquor ban may be imprisoned for not less than a year but not more than six years.

Candidates who will go against the ban may be disqualified from holding public office.

Violating business establishments that are not certified by DOT, on the other hand, face closure depending on the gravity of the offense.

Balisado also said he already briefed the personnel of the Police Regional Office to assist them in implementing the ban.

Source: sunstar.com.ph

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