Liquor ban starts May 9-A A +A
By Bobby Lagsa
Saturday, May 4, 2013
ALCOHOLIC beverages will be prohibited beginning May 9 to 14 as the May 13 polls get nearer.
It is prohibited to drink alcoholic beverages from May 9 to 14, the day after the synchronized elections, unless you one has permission from the Commission on Elections (Comelec), the city election office announced recently.
City Comelec officer Palmer Palamine said that the liquor ban for the May 13,2013 elections will start midnight of Friday, May 9 and will last through midnight of May 14.
Palamine said that in the previous elections the liquor ban was declared for one day, that was a day before election, but under the new Comelec ruling, it will be for five days.
In the Comelec Minute Resolution 13-0322, drinking, purchasing and selling intoxicating liquids are prohibited especially in public places.
Palamine added that violators will be apprehended and will be charged with cases for violation of the Omnibus Election Code, among other aggravating circumstances.
Establishments accredited by the Department of Tourism such as five-star hotels, however, are exempted from the said ban.
The exception states: “Furthermore, Section 3 thereof provides for an exemption for Hotels and other establishments and duly certified by the Department of Tourism as tourism-oriented and habitually in the business of catering of foreign tourist...”
Section 3 further provides that only foreign tourists taking intoxicating liquor in said authorized hotels or establishment are exempted from the prohibition.
Palamine said that based on the resolution, all those who want to drink liquor must seek written permission from the Comelec.
Cagayan de Oro City Police Director Graciano Mijares said that based on the resolution, all bars in the city must cease selling alcoholic beverages to the public.
Mijares said that the bars can still be open and operate between the liquor bans, but should only serve food and soft drinks.
Mijares also declared that the police will fully reinforce the liquor ban and will closely monitor establishments in the city.
Police patrols will visit establishments to remind them of the liquor ban.
Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on May 04, 2013.