Ordinance on liquor ban for minors passed

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Friday, April 20, 2012


THE Iloilo City Council unanimously passed the ordinance defining a liquor ban for minors below 18 years old and prescribing fines and penalties for violators.

In a regular session Wednesday, main proponent Councilor Plaridel C. Nava said the new ordinance specifically amends the 1956 ordinance by lowering the age of minors from 20 to 18 years old.

Prescribed prohibited acts under the new ordinance cover permitee, owner, manager or any person in charge of any night club, motel, dance hall, music lounge, amusement place such as Internet café, video arcade, karaoke and disco bar, billiard hall, beach resort, refreshment parlor, sari-sari store, kiosks set up during public festivals or any special occasion or celebration or any public or private establishment in the city, to serve, sell or disperse any alcoholic drink and or liquor such as beer, whiskey rum, gin, brandy, tinto, tubas, lambanog, basi and the like to any minor under 18 years of age of both sexes.

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Any establishment found violating the ordinance shall be meted with closure of the place of business for three days for the first violation, five days for second violation, 10 days for third violation and revocation of business permit for the fourth violation.

The minor found violating the ordinance shall be remitted to the city social welfare office for care, custody and proper disposition. The parents or guardian of the minor shall be criminally liable and if found guilty by the appropriate court, shall suffer the penalty of imprisonment of not less than 30 days and not more than six months.

The ordinance shall take effect after 10 days from publication in a local newspaper of general circulation in Western Visayas. (Lydia C. Pendon)

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