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Comelec scraps extended liquor ban

Paterno Esmaquel II
Posted on 05/09/2013 4:20 PM  | Updated 05/09/2013 4:58 PM

SCRAPPING THE BAN. Sixto Brillantes Jr. said the Comelec wasn't too keen on the extension in the first place SCRAPPING THE BAN. Sixto Brillantes Jr. said the Comelec wasn't too keen on the extension in the first place

MANILA, Philippines – It's final.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has officially lifted the liquor ban extension, Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Jr announced on Thursday, May 9. The Comelec promulgated this decision in its Resolution No. 9691.

This means the Comelec will revert to the original two-day liquor ban, covering May 12 to 13.

The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday, May 8, stopped the Comelec from implementing the liquor ban extension. In its temporary restraining order, the SC cited a petition filed by liquor companies Food and Beverage Inc and International Wines and Spirit Association Inc.

Brillantes said the Comelec, in the first place, was not too keen on the extension, which was proposed by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA). Brillantes said the Comelec voted 4-1 for the liquor ban.

The poll chief, who had threatened to resign after a series of setbacks from the SC, said he doesn't feel disappointed about the new TRO.

Hindi ganoon kahalaga, because the law really provides for two days only. We wanted to expand it. If the Supreme Court feels na hindi dapat, by issuing a TRO, eh 'di okay lang," Brillantes said. (It's not that important, because the law really provides for two days only. We wanted to expand it. If the Supreme Court feels it shouldn't be, then it's okay.) – Rappler.com


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