REVELERS can chug booze at the street parties in Lapu-Lapu City this weekend without fear of getting arrested.
The City Government suspended its ordinance against drunk behavior in public places to let locals and tourists celebrate the victory of Datu Lapulapu over foreign invader Ferdinand Magellan.
The Kadaugan Street Party (KSP) started Thursday and ends tomorrow night. The annual re-enactment of the April 27, 1521 battle will be staged on Monday morning.
Some major roads in Lapu-Lapu are off-limits to vehicles as well this weekend. Drivers are advised to follow traffic directions.
The City Council adopted last Tuesday the resolution suspending the 2014 ordinance prohibiting drunk behavior in public places until Sunday.
Mayor Paz Radaza approved the resolution.
The ordinance, which imposes penalties on anyone displaying drunk behavior in public places, was approved in September last year.
Although drinking will be allowed at the street parties, Lapu-Lapu City Police Office Chief Armando Radoc said drunks who cause trouble will still be apprehended.
“We will tolerate those who will fall asleep on the sidewalk or vomit, but we will enforce the ordinance against those who cause scandal or become security threat,” he said in an interview yesterday.
He urged those who will participate in the festivities to drink moderately.
He also said it is only proper to allow drinking at the KSP “because it is a victory party, it is merry-making.”
Radoc said more than 600 law enforcers will secure the crowd at the parties this weekend.
Aside from police officers, law enforcers from the Armed Forces of the Philippines and other security units will be deployed.
For the re-enactment, Radoc said more than 400 law enforcers will be assigned at the Mactan Liberty Shrine, the site where the historic battle was believed to have taken place.
Last year, about 500,000 people took part in the festivities on M.L. Quezon Highway for two days.
Organizers decided to extend the venue of this year’s KSP from M.L. Quezon Highway to M.V. Patalinghug St. and Hoopsdome to spread out the crowd.
To prevent violence, organizers will still enforce the policy against glass bottles and pointed sticks in the venue.