Vice mayor supports bill on underage drinking

Subscribe Now October 17, 2011 at 06:12pm

DAVAO City Vice Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said he supports the bill that seeks to prohibit minors from drinking alcohol. House Bill 5101, otherwise known as "Anti-Underage Drinking Act of 2011," filed by Camarines Sur Representative Diosdado "Dato" Macapagal Arroyo and co-authored by Pampanga lawmaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, prohibits minors from drinking alcohol and penalizes those who provide them easy access to such products.

In his television program “Gikan sa Masa, Para sa Masa,” Duterte said the city has the same ordinance with the proposed bill.

“Make it mandatory nga kadtong hubog nga makabangga, makapatay, dili pwede i-probation (that anyone who runs over and kills a person because of drunk-driving not be entitled to probation),” he said.

“Minors do not escape the law, pag madakpan sila (if they’re caught), they will be processed by social workers,” he said, adding that these minors would undergo lectures on values and responsibilities.

Reports revealed if the bill is passed, minors violating the bill will be required to appear before schools to explain the dangers of alcohol abuse, among other community service activities.

It also said that establishments would be penalized by a fine of P10,000 for the first offense, and P50,000 and revocation of license for second and repeat offenses.

Arroyo said minors involved in cases of violence, sexual and drug abuse as well as suicide could be traced, among others, to underage drinking.

He added that it is very easy for minors today to buy beer and alcohol as these are readily available in groceries and convenience stores.

Duterte said he wanted it to be mandatory for all violators -- minors or not -- who committed “extreme recklessness” to be penalized and go to jail for six months.

HB 5101 also mandates the creation of an "anti-underage drinking body," which will be composed of a chairman and four members to be appointed by President Aquino.


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