THE Mabalacat City police are set to implement liquor ban starting Sunday night, May 12.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Oscar Villasis, chief of police here, said that they will conduct patrol in various villages to ensure that no individuals will violate the liquor ban.
According to the police official, business establishments are all aware that they are prohibited from selling liquors until the midnight of election day on May 13.
Villasis said military personnel from the Philippine Air Force and Police Regional Mobile Group were dispatched in the city to augment the local police force during the election period.
“Naka-dispatch na po lahat ang mga pulis at sundalo to maintain peace and order and ensure safe and orderly elections,” he added.
As of Saturday, no untoward incidents and election-related violence were reported in the city’s 27 barangays.
The PNP earlier stated that two-day liquor ban will be implemented from May 12 to May 13 to prevent violent incident. It will start at 12:01 am on May 12 to 11:59 pm on May 13.
The ban includes drinking and selling alcohol in stores.
As of May 9, some 5,316 individuals have been arrested in 56,377 operations conducted by the PNP and other law enforcement agencies nationwide for crimes related to the elections.
Those arrested include 42 police officers, 20 soldiers, and 80 government and elected officials.