Duterte asks Congress to pass measure on midnight liquor ban
Robie de Guzman • July 23, 2019 • 829
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has called on Congress to consider passing legislation banning the sale of liquor by midnight.
In his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA) on Monday, Duterte said this measure has already been implemented in other countries and in his hometown in Davao City when he was still mayor. He also wanted establishments be closed by midnight.
“A national law, para lahat na, that at 12 o’clock, everything closes,” he said.
He later clarified that he will not issue an executive order for his proposal, saying the matter is up to Congress.
“I was just suggesting. I’d like Congress to ponder on it and maybe sleep on it and if they want. But it can improve tremendously the quality of life. Stop drinking at almost 11, then you go home,” Duterte told reporters in a post-SONA interview.
The chief executive said he is serious in his proposal but acknowledged its possible negative effect on business.
“Overall, by experience that it will do good. But I said, it would be at the expense of a reduced income for those who operate nightclubs, clubs, discos during nighttime,” he said.
Duterte first broached the idea of imposing a nationwide alcohol restriction at a certain hour after he won the presidency in 2016. The president said this will help curb criminality. (with details from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Monday said that President Rodrigo Duterte will not interfere with the row between Duterte Youth Party-list nominee Ronald Cardema and Commission on Elections (Comelec) Rowena Guanzon.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Cardema and Guanzon’s feud is between the two of them.
He added that the president will not meddle in the issue as he respects the independence of Comelec and other constitutional bodies.
“The case between Mr. Cardema and Commissioner Guanzon, I think it’s between the two of them,” he said.
“Moreover, the President respects the independence of any constitutional body. The President has not and will not interfere on any function of the Commission as well as other constitutional bodies,” he added.
Guanzon has been vocal about her opposition to Cardema’s nomination as the Duterte Youth Party-list representative and accused the latter as the one behind the threats against her.
Cardema, in turn, accused Guanzon of extortion, which she denied.
The Commissioner also dared the former to file an impeachment case against her.
The feud between the two follows the decision of the poll body’s first division to cancel Cardema’s nomination as representative of the Duterte Youth party because the law states that youth representatives must be from 25 to 30 years old.
Instead of having word war, Panelo advised Cardema to file an appropriate complaint against Guanzon to settle the issue. (with details from Rosalie Coz)
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