By Antonio Colina IV
DAVAO CITY – Mayor Sara Duterte told heavy alcohol drinkers in Davao City to thank the extension of the 24/7 ban on liquor for extending their lives by keeping their livers healthy.
“Just think that the extension is better for your liver. It has just extended your life by two months. Instead of dying at 80 years old, you will die at 80 years old and two months because of this COVID-19 (coronavirus disease 2019). It has saved your liver,” she said during her live interview over Davao City Disaster Radio (DCDR 87.5).
The mayor said those, who were complaining against the liquor ban, must think of how they can help cut the transmission of the infection in the community, maintaining that it was implemented to prevent gatherings that could potentially spread the infection.
As normally practiced, she said only one glass was passed around during drinking sessions, raising the risk of contracting the disease.
“But you can always consume it inside your house if you have remaining stocks there. It’s not prohibited when you drink it inside your house but you cannot buy and you cannot sell,” she said.
She said the local government opted to extend the liquor ban since there have been confirmed COVID-19 positive patients who have acquired the infection during drinking session.
“It would have been okay only if those people who are complaining have self-discipline, and they will not drink with other people but, unfortunately, we have a few cases in Agdao whose patient history indicated they had drinking session on these dates, so we are now looking for those people whom they had drinking session with because we need to screen, test, and put them in quarantine,” she said.
The Inter-Agency Task Force For the Management of Emerging Infections in the Philippines has extended the implementation of general community quarantine (GCQ) until June 15 in the cities of Davao and Zamboanga City.
In its Resolution 40 released on Thursday, the two cities are the only areas in Mindanao classified under “moderate risk” due to the increasing number of confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases while the rest of Mindanao under a modified general community quarantine from June 1 to June 15, without prejudice to the declaration of localized enhanced community quarantine in critical areas.
The Davao Region’s five provinces such as Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, and Davao Oriental and Zambonga Region’s provinces such as Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and City of Isabela were placed under MGCQ.
Also under the MGCQ were Northern Mindanao’s provinces of Bukidnon, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, and Cagayan de Oro City; Soccsksargen’s provinces of North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Sultan Kudarat, and General Santos City; Caraga’s provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and Butuan City; and provinces of Basilan, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, and Cotabato City of Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM).