PNP at LGU, mahigpit na ipatutupad ang liquor ban sa May 8 at 9
admin • April 19, 2016 • 2685
FILE PHOTO: Liquor bar (REUTERS)
MANILA, Philippines — Mahigpit na ipatutupad ng Philippine National Police (PNP) at mga local government unit (LGU) ang liquor ban bago at sa mismong araw ng eleksyon sa susunod na buwan batay na rin sa nakasaad sa Omnibus Election Code (OEC).
Ayon kay PNP-PIO Chief P/CSupt. Wilben Mayor, kabilang sa mga babantayan ng pulisya ay ang bentahan at pagsisilbi ng alak sa iba’t-ibang establisyemento.
Ang liquor ban ay ipinatutupad upang maiwasan ang kaguluhan at pagboto ng mga botante habang nasa ilalim ng impluwensya ng alak.
Hinihikayat naman ng PNP ang publiko na isumbong sa kanila ang mga makikitang lalabag sa liquor ban sa pamamagitan ng kanilang hotline na 0917-8475757.
MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker has filed a bill in the House of Representatives seeking for the immediate disqualification of convicted individuals, including those found guilty of subversion, moral turpitude and corruption, from seeking or holding public office even while their case appeal is pending.
In filing House Bill No. 92, Samar First District Representative Edgar Mary Sarmiento proposes to amend certain provisions of the Omnibus Election Code, particularly Sections 12 and 68, to automatically disqualify anyone from seeking or holding any government post upon conviction by the anti-graft court.
“Most people do not know this but individuals already convicted by the Sandiganbayan are still free to run for public office just so long as they file for an appeal of their ruling,” he said in a Facebook post.
“These individuals should prove their innocence first before being allowed to run for public office,” he added.
The bill seeks to disqualify an individual from being a candidate if a court decides that he or she is guilty of subversion, insurrection, rebellion, any offense having a penalty of more than 18 months, or for a crime of moral turpitude, even if the case is on appeal.
It also proposes to bar an individual from seeking public office if he or she is found guilty by any court and is penalized with temporary or perpetual disqualification, even if the case is on appeal.
Those found guilty by any court of the following shall also be disqualified from being a candidate even while the appeal is pending:
Given money to corrupt voters
Committed acts of terrorism to enhance candidacy
Spend amount in excess of what is allowed by the law
Received prohibited contributions
Other election offenses under the Omnibus Election Code
The individual may be deemed qualified again if the case is overturned and the high court decides that he is not guilty of charges.
Sarmiento believes the proposal is a reasonable prohibition for those who want to serve the public, especially those who are looked up to as leaders of the community.
“Crimes of graft, corruption and the more serious of offense of plunder are betrayals of public trust. While people deserve a second chance, the bar for good behavior must be set higher for those who are sworn to serve the public with integrity, dedication and competence,” he said.
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
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