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Comelec enforces liquor ban on December 17, 18 for Tacloban City plebiscite

Tacloban City (November 17) -- It shall be unlawful for any person, including owners and managers of hotels and other establishment to sell, furnish, offer, buy, serve or take intoxicating liquor anywhere in Tacloban City on December 17-18, 2008.

This is the directive of the Commission on Elections contained in Comelec Resolution 8519 promulgated on November 12, 2008, in connection with the December 18 Plebiscite to ratify the conversion of Tacloban City from a component city to Highly urbanized city pursuant to Proclamation No. 1637 dated October 4, 2008.

The Omnibus Election Code of the Philippines Section 261 provides that the violation of said prohibited acts shall be punishable with imprisonment of not less than one year but not more than six years and shall not be subject to probation and in addition, the guilty party shall suffer disqualification to hold public office and deprivation of the right of suffrage.

Hotels and other establishments in Tacloban City duly certified by the Department of Tourism as tourist oriented and habitually in the business of catering to foreign tourists may be exempted for justifiable reasons from the liquor ban provided that they secure prior written authority from the Commission on Elections Regional Director in Region 8.

The exemptions granted may be revoked or withdrawn upon petition of any interested party on showing among others, that the reason upon which the exemption was made does not exist or is not justifiable, or that the requesting party or applicant has committed misrepresentation in the application or introduced or submitted falsified documents.

The Philippine National Police has been directed to implement Resolution 8519, which means that anybody who sees anyone violating this resolution may report the same to the nearest Philippine National Police station for proper action. (PIA 8) [top]

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