Amended liquor ban gets final approval

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Thursday, July 25, 2013


THE 17th City Council of Davao approved on third and final reading Wednesday the amended liquor ban regulating the operation of business establishments selling liquor and other alcoholic beverages in the city.

The local lawmaking body passed the ordinance in breakneck fashion, needing only one committee hearing and completing it in less than 10 days after the proponent, Councilor Bonifacio Moilitar, presented it to the body for first reading last week.

The ordinance was approved on second reading in last Tuesday's regular session and passed on third and final reading during a special session a day later.

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The measure not only prohibits the serving and selling of liquor, but also the drinking of intoxicating beverages along city streets, parking areas, plazas and uninhabited places from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.

Militar said now that the ordinance is approved, they will hasten its publication in the newspaper for three consecutive times as mandated by law.

"This is what the mayor wants. He wanted to expedite its approval for him to implement what is provided in the ordinance," Militar told reporters after the adjournment of Wednesday's special session.

It was Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who requested the City Council to move the city's liquor ban earlier from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m.

Militar thanked his fellow councilors for supporting the amended measure.

"I'm thankful to my colleagues who participated and contributed their ideas for the final approval of the ordinance," he said.

The City Council also amended the penalties against violators of the amended liquor ban.

The first offense calls for administrative fine of P3,000 while the second offense calls for a fine of P5,000 and an imprisonment of three months or both upon the discretion of the court.

A fine of P5,000 or one year imprisonment will be slapped against violator for the third offense aside from revocation of business permit.

Councilor Danilo Dayanghirang said they will not prioritize publication of the ordinance.

"We need to prioritize everything there. You know, there are pending ordinances that need to be published but as far as this is concerned, the fact that this is very important for the safety of inhabitants, we need to fast-track it," Dayanghirang said.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 25, 2013.

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