Liquor ban starts 12:01 a.m. Sunday-A A +A
Saturday, October 26, 2013
THE two-day liquor ban, implemented by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) in connection with the upcoming barangay elections, will officially start tomorrow, October 27 at exactly 12:01 a.m.
“Please note that the ELECTION LIQUOR BAN starts 12:01 a.m. of October 27 and will stay in place until October 28, 2013,” Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes wrote in his official Twitter account, Friday.
One of the provisions under Section 261 (Prohibited Acts) of the Omnibus Election Code states that: “Any person who sells, furnishes, offers, buys, serves or takes intoxicating liquor on the days fixed by law for the registration of voters in the polling place, or on the day before the election or on election day.”
However, it added: “Hotels and other establishments duly certified by the Ministry of Tourism as tourist oriented and habitually in the business of catering to foreign tourists may be exempted for justifiable reasons upon prior authority of the Commission.”
Aside from selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving or taking intoxicating liquor, other prohibited acts in the eve of election are “giving, accepting, free transportation, food, drinks and things of value” and campaigning.
The Comelec said these acts are prohibited until Election Day, October 28.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on October 26, 2013.