CAMP OLIVAS, City of San Fernando, Pampanga – Police reminded the people that a two-day liquor ban is in effect in Central Luzon on Sunday, October 29, and Monday, October 30, in line with the barangay elections.
Police Regional Office-3 Director Police Brig. Gen. Jose S. Hidalgo Jr. said that as per Commission on Elections Resolution No. 10746, it is strictly prohibited for any individual to engage in the sale, purchase, provision, or consumption of intoxicating liquor anywhere in the country on these two dates.
Hidalgo said violators face imprisonment ranging from not less than one year to a maximum of six years without the possibility of probation.
But he said there are exceptions for certain establishments. Hotels, resorts, restaurants, and other establishments accredited by the Department of Tourism may be exempt from the ban, provided they secure a written authority from the Comelec.
Foreign nationals may purchase and consume alcoholic beverages, but only in authorized establishments expressly exempted from the liquor ban.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) said the enforcement of the liquor ban is crucial to prevent potential commotions or heated altercations during these vital days.
“Our primary goal is to maintain peace and order in every community. Let us exercise our freedom of expression and our right to suffrage in a calm and hallowed manner,” Hidalgo said.
The BSKE campaign period ends on Saturday, October 28, and the police reminded that campaigning is strictly prohibited on Sunday to ensure a peaceful and orderly election process.
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