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PNP: Liquor, campaign ban starts today

By: - Reporter / @dexcabalzaINQ
/ 05:46 AM May 08, 2022

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MANILA, Philippines — The usual two-day liquor ban during an election will take effect on Sunday and Monday, the Philippine National Police said on Saturday as it reminded the public that the prescribed campaign period also ended on May 7 and it is now illegal to solicit votes for any candidate or party.

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Under Resolution No. 10746 of the Commission on Elections, it will be prohibited for any person to sell, furnish, offer, buy or take any intoxicating liquor anywhere in the country from May 8 to May 9.

“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,” Police Lt. Gen. Vicente Danao Jr., PNP officer in charge and elections security task force commander of the PNP, said in a statement on Saturday.

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Hotels, resorts, restaurants and other establishments accredited by the Department of Tourism may be exempted from the ban, provided they secure a written authority from the Comelec.

Only foreign nationals may buy or consume alcoholic drinks, but only in authorized establishments that have been expressly exempted from the liquor ban.

The PNP asked the public for discipline and strict compliance “to avoid possible commotions or heated altercations during these crucial days.”

“We just want to maintain our peace and order in every community. Let us exercise the freedom of expression and right to suffrage in a calm and sacred manner,” Danao said.

The PNP also reminded all candidates and their supporters that the campaign period officially ended on Saturday and they are now prohibited from campaigning.

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