Liquor ban takes effect Tuesday for the annual Traslacion
Marje Pelayo • January 8, 2019 • 1795
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine National Police (PNP) will start the implementation of the liquor ban in Quiapo, Manila on Tuesday (January 8) at 8:00 o’clock in the evening until the annual procession is over.
According to PNP Chief DG Oscar Albayalde, the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has been on full alert status for the security of the event.
The PNP calls on those who will join the procession to support the measures to be imposed by authorities.
Despite the expected surge of participants in the annual ‘Traslacion’, the PNP said they have not monitored potential threats to the occasion on Wednesday.
“We have not monitored any significant security issue that may possibly affect the otherwise peaceful and orderly celebration of the feast of the black Nazarene in Manila this year including other annual religious festivities celebrated in January,” Albayalde assured. – Marje Pelayo / UNTV News and Rescue
Manila mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso called out a convenience store near several universities along Mendiola Street in Manila for selling liquors.
This, following the enforcement of the mayor’s Executive Order No. 17 that he signed on Thursday, July 25, which mandates the strict implementation of city ordinances prohibiting the establishments near schools from selling liquor.
A statement released by the office of the mayor on Thursday said the executive order mandates the Bureau of Permits and License Office (BPLO), City Treasurer’s Office as well as business establishments to strictly observe these ordinances.
It added that the executive order signed by Domagoso noted that some malls, bars, restaurants have “flagrantly violated” Ordinance No. 3532 and Ordinance No. 8520 in the City of Manila.
Ordinance No. 3532 prohibits the sale of intoxicating liquor in establishments located within 200 meters of schools.
Ordinance No. 8520, meanwhile, prohibits the sale of liquor or any alcoholic beverage to minors in any store, mall, bar, restaurant, eatery or any commercial establishment in Manila.
Armed with the EO, the local chief executive ordered the liquors be removed from the store’s shelves.
Juanito Kabisan, the store supervisor said the order will cause them to lose ten thousand pesos every month.
Yet, he added, that there’s nothing they can do but abide by the directive; otherwise, they will face closure.
“Wala po kaming magagawa. Desisyon po ni Mayor ‘yon e [There’s nothing we can do (about this). It’s the mayor’s decision],” said Kabisan.
“Tuloy pa rin ‘yung negosyo nila. Wala namang masama, kaya lang hindi na sila ina-allow katulad ng binigay naming pribilehiyo na dati rati noong mga nagdaang panahon na may nagtitinda ng alak malapit sa mga paaralan [It’s business as usual. Nothing wrong about it. But they will not only be allowed the same privilege as in the past where they can sell liquors near schools],” Moreno said.
Moreno’s order gained the approval of the students. They say this move will keep young people from temptations that alcoholic drinks may bring upon them. (with reports from April Cenedoza) /mbmf
Manila City Mayor Isko Moreno has signed Executive Order no. 17 which strictly enforces city ordinances that implement liquor ban. This includes selling near schools and selling it to minors.
Stores and other establishments that are within the 200-km range of schools and universities are not allowed to sell liquor.
However, Moreno said there are several establishments that “flagrantly violated” the said ordinances.
“Such violations of said city ordinances affect the physical and moral well-being of the Manilenos in general, and the youths and students, in particular, prompting for the strict implementation of said ordinances and imposing the penalties provided therefore,” the executive order read.
Moreno already canceled the permit of establishments that are within the said range.
The executive order also states that violators would be subjected to administrative and criminal charges, fines, and revocation of permits and licenses issued by the local government.—AAC
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