MMDA: We’re OK with 5 to 10-day ban on liquor


Calling the two-day liquor ban too short, Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chair Francis Tolentino on Sunday called on the Commission on Elections (Comelec) to extend the ban to five or 10 days at least.

In a radio interview, Tolentino said the poll body has the power to prohibit the sale and drinking of alcoholic drinks beyond the two-day period prescribed in the Omnibus Election Code—on the eve of the elections and on Election Day itself.

Earlier, the MMDA asked Comelec to impose a 45-day liquor ban to help reduce the number of drunk-driving accidents and drinking-related violence. The proposal, however, was turned down by Comelec Chair Sixto Brillantes Jr. who said the suggested period was too long and would have a negative effect on the business of some establishments. But he added that he was open to a five to seven-day liquor ban.

Tolentino said that they respected the decision of Brillantes but expressed hope that he would be amenable to a 5 to 10-day ban.

Meanwhile, he reiterated that some politicians, especially in the provinces commonly use alcohol to engage in a form of “vote buying.”

“Most of the free liquor will be coming from politicians,” he said.

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  • RockA

    Idiocracy from those with too much power and too little sense.  Will no alcohol achieve a different vote?  I really doubt it.  

  • kevinmcn

    What about all of the tourists the Philippines is trying to attract? A 5 to 10 day ban would likely result in a 50% cancellation rate & it would mean that those tourists were never ever coming back or telling any of their friends what a wonderful time they had! Imagine spending all that money & then not even being able to have a cold beer.
    Perhaps the MMDA should work on projects which lend credence to it’s name & let the Comelec worry about election issues.

  • Your_King

    Will President Aquino ask to be exempt from the liquor ban as well? We’ve seen time and time again that Aquino likes to over-exercise his power maybe to remind himself just how powerful the President is. Liquor buys votes? They’ll find some way around this ban

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