By Minka Klaudia Tiangco
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) will enforce a liquor ban Sunday (May 12) and Monday (May 13) in connection with the May 13 midterm elections.
The poll body also reminded the public that all forms of campaigning is also banned Sunday.
“Campaigning is not allowed on Sunday, so let’s have a little quiet for now. Let us allow the voters to decide without hearing the campaign jingles repeatedly,” Comelec Spokesman James Jimenez said in Filipino.
“Bawal na rin ang mag-benta at uminom in public ng mga inuming nakaka-lasing (Drinking and selling alcoholic beverages in public will also be banned),” he added.
Comelec Resolution No. 10461 states that violators of the liquor ban will face up to six years imprisonment.
The ban on alcoholic drinks will be lifted at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday (May 14), Jimenez said.
He, however, said that there are some exemptions to the liquor ban.
“You can sell liquor or consume liquor only if you have an exemption. This is for tourist destinations,” the poll official explained.
“Sa loob ng bahay pwede, basta huwag lalabas and huwag din kayong magbitbit ng alak sa labas (It is allowed to drink inside your house, but do not go out in public and do not carry alcoholic drinks outside of your house),” he added.
More than 61 million voters nationwide are expected to participate in the national and local elections on Monday. Voting period is from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.