Liquor ban back in Binangonan

Published July 12, 2020, 6:09 PM

by Nel Andrade

Binangonan, Rizal-  The local government of Binangonan has re-imposed the liquor ban

“to prevent the surge of cases of transmission of COVID-19 in the municipality.”

Municipal Ordinance No. 023 Series of 2020 which re-imposes the ban on the sale and delivery and regulating the consumption of liquor in the Municipality of Binangonan to promote social distancing, has been unanimously approved by the Sangguniang Bayan on July 8.

The liquor ban takes effect immediately, and will be in effect even if the town is placed under Modified General Community Quarantine or, while the threat of the coronavirus exists, according to Section 10 of the ordinance.   

“A careful study and analysis of the present situation dictates that the continuous surge in the number of persons infected with COVID-19 in our locality could be attributed primarily to the constant and numerous social gatherings in the different barangays of Binangonan,” the ordinance, which was posted on the Facebook page of the municipal government, said.

The town’s Liga ng mga Barangay president, Virgilio Cerda, who is also the ex-officio member of the Sangguniang Bayan here told Manila Bulletin that the passage of the said ordinance is the  result of the earlier pronouncement of the league of barangay leaders in the town, through Resolution No. 2020-04, to bring back the liquor ban in Binangonan to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.

Cerda said in Barangay Kalinawan, where he is chairman, those whom they caught violating the ordinance were told to comply with a warning that recidivists would pay a fine of P2,500 or face imprisonment for two months or both depending on the discretion of the court.

The ordinance also states that if the violator is a public officer, or if he or she shall knowingly, and maliciously prevent, prohibit, refuse, discontinue or violate the implementation of the ordinance, shall suffer the penalty of imprisonment of three months and temporary suspension from public office, aside from being charged administratively.

In a message sent to Manila Bulletin, through Municipal Administrator Russel Ynares, Mayor Cesar Ynares said he is “appealing to residents to abide by the community quarantine guidelines, safety protocols and to stay indoors. The ban is for the common good as we have seen that the availability of liquor is directly related to many disturbances including curfew violations….”

As of July 11, Binangonan has 83 confirmed cases, with 55 recoveries and four deaths.

Of the 40 barangays in Binangonan, 26 are COVID-19 free.