MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The Supreme Court stopped the extended implementation of the elections liquor ban, which was originally set for May 9. More information can be found in Rappler’s latest update, linked above. The original story follows.
Craving for a drink? Unless you’re a foreigner in an accredited bar or restaurant, you have less than 24 hours to get your fix.
The 5-day election ban on liquor and other alcoholic drinks will take effect on Thursday, May 9, and will last until election day, Monday, May 13.
Exempted from the ban are “foreign tourists taking intoxicating liquor” in hotels and other establishments accredited by the Department of Tourism (DOT), according to Commission to Elections (Comelec) Resolution 9582.
Those caught violating the ban may face up to 6 years in prison.
The liquor ban was originally scheduled from May 12 to 13 only, but the Comelec extended it at the request of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) Chairman Francis Tolentino. – Rappler.com
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