5 Day Alcohol Ban 9-13 May FOR UPCOMING ELECTIONS
Does not apply to foreigners
14th March 2013 - The Election Commission will impose a 5-day ban on alcohol to minimize road accidents and violent incidents in connection with the elections on May 13, an official said Wednesday.
The Commission has amended its regulation from two to now new five days, on which the purchase, sale, dispensing or consumption of intoxicating liquor is prohibited. The prohibition is now dated from 9 to 13 May.
"The prohibition of alcohol so far was only on election day and one day before the election day in effect - but will now be extended for another three days, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, before the already existing ban on Sunday and Monday." Said Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes. "We extended now the period of the ban, as the worst heat of the campaign takes place in the last five days."
The Metro Manila Development Authority welcomed the Comelec decision. "The MMDA wants the Comelec to thank you for considering our proposal." Said MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino. Tolentino had even requested a 60-day ban on alcohol, but Brillantes said that was too long and would hit the alcohol producers too hard. (Thank goodness someone used common sense)