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Comelec imposes no liquor for 5 days

The Commission on Elections will impose a five-day liquor ban to minimize road accidents and election-related violent incidents during the May 13 mid-term elections, an official said Wednesday. The commission amended its Resolution 9385 to extend to five days from two the ban on “selling, buying, serving or taking intoxicating liquor,” Comelec spokesman James Jimenez said. “The liquor ban will now be from May 9 to May 13,” he said. “The liquor ban [was] effective only the day before and on election day, but now [there] will be [an] additional three days which means Thursday, Friday, Saturday [aside from] Sunday and Monday,” Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes said. “We expanded it a little from two days because of the heat of the campaign will be on the last five days.” The Metro Manila Development Authority welcomed the Comelec’s decision. “We at the MMDA would like to thank the Comelec for taking into consideration our proposal and for seeing its merits,” MMDA Chairman Francis Tolentino said.” The MMDA earlier asked the Comelec to extend the liquor ban, but the commission said it would have to consider the companies and small-time businesses that will be adversely affected by a prolonged liquor ban. Tolentino said extending the liquor ban could lessen road accidents and violence during the election period, but tourist spots and establishments like hotels and bars should be exempted. Tolentino had proposed a 60-day liquor ban, but Brillantes said that was too long and would affect liquor producers. With Rio N. Araja
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