33 arrested for violating liquor ban
MANILA, Philippines – Thirty-three men were arrested and brought to the Cubao Police Station after they were caught holding a drinking spree along the streets, just a few hours after the liquor ban was implemented by the Commission on Elections.
The liquor ban for the 2013 barangay elections came into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, along with the conclusion of the campaign period. Selling, buying and drinking of liquor are prohibited until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, the day of the elections.
One of the arrested men claimed that the police arrived even before the liquor ban started.
“Dumating ang patrol, alas onse bente yata,” said Junry Cuyos. “Wala pang alas dose.”
“Actually alam nila 'yan na bawal uminom one day before or after (the elections),” said Inspector Danny Cabotage of Cubao Police. “Ang problema sa atin, binabalewala nila.”
Those who violate the liquor ban can face up to six years in prison.
Establishments that are certified by the Department of Tourism may sell liquor only to tourists and foreign nationals. -- Reports from Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News; DZMM.