A TOTAL of 54 liquor ban violators were apprehended as of 5 p.m., Sunday, May 12, according to Police Regional Office-Central Visayas Director Debold Sinas.
Two minors were also rescued in Cebu City, while eight other violators remain at large.
"We have arrested 51 from Cebu City, three from Cebu Province, and eight were at large, meaning nidagan, in Negros Oriental," Sinas said in a press conference.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) Liquor Ban for the 2019 midterm elections started 12 a.m. of May 12 and will be lifted on May 13 at 11:59 p.m.
According to Sinas, Comelec record shows only eight establishments in Cebu City applied for liquor ban exemption.
Among these are tourist hotels including Waterfront Hotel and Casino, Radisson Blu, Montebello, Marco Polo, and Hotel Elizabeth.
Sinas also revealed that all election paraphernalias were already delivered in Cebu City.
However, only 51% or a total of 1,047 voting centers in Cebu Province have received their voting paraphernalia.
"Sa Siquijor, this 3-4 a.m. pa magsugod deliver sa election paraphernalia. Sa Negros this 12 a.m. pa. It's the discretion of their election officers man," he said.
He, however, assured that all the materials are already tested and accounted for.
Sinas also said that he has yet to coordinate with Comelec for additional updates.
Meanwhile, authorities recorded 11 election-related incidents since the start of the campaign period.
"Three of these were confirmed while seven were considered not legit, one is considered suspected," Sinas said.
Sinas said that the number of eight focus crimes committed in the region during the election week lowered by 34.25 percent compared to the same period in 2016.
The eight focus crimes include theft, physical injury, robbery, murder, homicide, rape, and carnapping of motor vehicles and motorycles.
In 2016, authorities recorded a total of 315 crimes; 254 on 2018, and 167 this year.
The recovery of loose firearms, the neutralization of hitmen, and the arrest of wanted persons were among the contributing factor to this regression, Sinas said.