This observation is reflected in the results of the informal poll of the INQUIRER.net that asked readers whether they thought a 45-day liquor ban imposed during the election period would be too long. At present, the ban on liquor is enforced only on the eve of the election and on Election Day itself.
Of the total 2,198 votes, 1,333, or 60.65 percent, thought the proposed 45-day ban is not too long, while only 865 (39.35 percent) thought otherwise.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority Chairman Francis Tolentino is the main proponent of the 45-day liquor ban in connection with the May 13 elections. He thinks that there will be fewer crimes and accidents during the election period if the 45-day liquor ban is enforced.
“The unfettered consumption of alcoholic beverages nationwide especially during this period does not aid intelligent discussion of election issues by our citizens,” Tolentino said in formally asking the Commission on Elections to extend the liquor ban from two to 45 days.
The Comelec, however, is cool to the idea.