SC stops liquor ban extension

MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) - The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday, May 8, issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) stopping the implementation of the liquor ban from May 9 to 11, limiting it only to two days.

SC spokesperson Theodore Te announced the ruling in a press conference, citing a petition filed by liquor companies Food and Beverage Inc., and International Wines and Spirit Association Inc.

The liquor companies said Comelec acted in excess jurisdiction when it issued the resolution ordering the liquor ban.

The petitioners said there is "without question" that Comelec has the authority to promulgate rules and regulations.

"However...Comelec's rule-making power should be exercised in accordance with the prevailing law," the petitioners said.

They added that Comelec violated their right to due process, as did not conduct any hearing before issuing the resolution.

They stressed that the poll body only acted upon the recommendation of Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chairman Francis Tolentino.

The liquor ban was originally scheduled from May 12 to 13 only, but the Comelec extended it at Tolentino's request. - with reports from Purple Romero/

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