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Liquor Ban Up During Long Weekend

The 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections (BSKE) are just around the corner, and with the long weekend it brings, it's crucial to remember that a nationwide liquor ban will be in place. Prioritizing your vote is essential during this time. Let's delve into the details of this liquor ban, its purpose, and what you need to know.

Liquor Ban Dates and Prohibitions

The Commission on Elections (COMELEC) has enacted Resolution 10924, imposing a liquor ban from October 29 to 30, 2023. This means that the sale, purchase, serving, and consumption of alcoholic beverages in public places will be prohibited throughout the Philippines during this period.

The resolution explicitly states, "It shall be unlawful for any person, including owners and managers of hotels, resorts, restaurants, and other establishments of the same nature to sell, furnish, offer, buy, serve, or take intoxicating liquor anywhere in the Philippines."

The Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation and Local COMELEC Officers will implement the ban.

Exemptions for Tourists

The only exceptions to this ban are foreign tourists staying in hotels, resorts, restaurants, and similar establishments certified as "tourist-oriented" by the Department of Tourism. These establishments can continue to serve alcoholic beverages during the liquor ban, provided they have sought exemption from their local COMELEC offices prior to the said dates. In the case of Metro Manila, however, similar business establishments may seek exemption from the Regional Election Director of the COMELEC National Capital Region.

Penalties for Violations

The penalties for violating this ban are severe. Offenders can face imprisonment for one to six years without probation and may also be permanently banned from holding public office. It is crucial for both citizens and businesses to adhere to this regulation to avoid these consequences.

Anyone found violating any of the provisions may face the penalty of imprisonment of not less than one year, but not more than six years without probation,” according to the PNP.

The Purpose of the Liquor Ban

The primary purpose of the liquor ban during elections is to maintain the integrity of the electoral process. By preventing incidents of violence, vote-buying, and undue influence related to alcohol consumption, the government aims to create a peaceful and fair environment for voters to express their choices.

"The Commission on Elections sternly reminds the candidates to be role models of good citizenship by strictly adhering to the applicable laws and issuances relative to campaigning," says the COMELEC. As responsible citizens, it's our duty to uphold these regulations for the common good.

Given the liquor ban during the election season, it's wise to stock up on liquor at home if you wish to indulge. Remember to drink responsibly, and most importantly, ensure you cast your vote on election day.

Important Dates To Remember

The campaigning period for the 2023 BSKE began on October 19 and will continue until October 28. 

Official voting hours are scheduled for October 30, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on this special non-working day. 

Additionally, senior citizens, persons with disabilities, and heavily pregnant women can vote as early as 5 a.m. for their convenience.

As responsible voters and law-abiding Filipinos, let's prioritize our civic duty by participating in the upcoming elections. 

Stay informed about the liquor ban, obey the rules, and ensure a peaceful and fair electoral process. Your vote matters, so make it count. (PIA-NCR)

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