MMDA asks Comelec to extend liquor ban-A A +A
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
THE Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) asked the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Tuesday to expand the liquor ban during the election period from only two days to 45 days.
In a two-page letter, MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino asked the poll body to use its plenary powers to prolong the liquor ban, saying it will help improve in the bid to have an orderly and peaceful election.
“Given the deleterious and far-reaching effects of alcohol, it stands to reason that the liquor ban should be in effect for a longer period,” said Tolentino.
He noted how the “unfettered consumption of alcoholic beverages” during the election season “does not aid the intelligent discussion of election issues by the citizens.”
Tolentino also stressed that not having a prolonged liquor ban does not bode well, especially in areas with heated political rivalries.
Comelec Resolution 9582 provides that the liquor ban shall be in effect on May 12 and 13, 2013.
For its part, Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said the commission en banc will have to discuss the matter, but hinted that the proposal may not be granted.
“Baka yung 45 days masyadong malayo naman,” said Brillantes in a separate interview.
He added, though, that he is in favor of extending the liquor ban but not at the length sought by the MMDA.
Brillantes also said they will also have to consider the economic impact that it may bring since liquor makers may be against the idea.
The Omnibus Election Code states that it is prohibited for “any person to sell, furnish, offer, buy, serve or take intoxicating liquor… on the day before the election or on Election Day.” (HDT/Sunnex)