Permit cancellation await those who would violate the liquor ban in effect in Parañaque City starting today, March 15 until March 31.
In a radio interview on DZBB, City Administrator Ding Soriano said that aside from having their permits cancelled, violators would also be facing criminal charges.
“Sa mga nagbebenta ho ng alak na kung saan sila ho ay kumuha o mayroong lisensya na galing sa ating siyudad ng Parañaque at issue ng Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) the moment na sila po ay mahuli sila po kanila pong lisensya ay kakanselahin po natin in addition with that we will be charging with them criminal offense din ho batay po sa ating ordinansa ng siyudad (To those who are selling liquor and obtained licenses from the city issued by the BPLO, the moment they get caught selling their licenses will be cancelled and faced with criminal charges),” he said.
Soriano mentioned that aside from accosting patrons of businesses offering alcoholic beverages under the liquor ban, the establishments will also be closed down and have their licenses cancelled. On the other hand, he explained that businesses that offer other products and engage in other services aside from serving liquor may continue operating.
Due to the surge of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) cases, Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez signed on March 13 an Executive Order suspending the licenses and permits to sell and/or to serve liquor and other intoxicating and alcoholic beverages effective March 15 until March 31.
According to the EO, the selling of liquor and other intoxicating beverages encourages congregation and personal socialization and interaction of individuals which contributes to the transmission of COVID-19 among families and groups.
As of 7:04 p.m. on March 14, the city logged 586 active cases with 60 new cases.