Comelec withdraws extended liquor ban


By Johanna M. Sampan Reporter

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Thursday officially withdrew its resolution extending the liquor ban from two days to five days.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. said the poll body will bow to Supreme Court which on Thursday issued a temporary restraining order stopping the implementation of the liquor ban.

“We promulgated a resolution reverting to the two-day liquor ban. As it now stands, liquor ban will be from May 12 to May 13, 2013,” the poll chief said in his Twitter account (@ChairBrillantes).

The High Tribunal acted on the petition filed by the Food and Beverage Inc. and International Wines and Spirits Association, Inc.

The poll body was ordered to submit its comment on the petition yesterday, but Brillantes said no longer file any comment.

The Comelec chief joked that he too, welcomed the High Court’s decision.

“Wala nang liquor ban, na-TRO kami e. With this, I can still drink for three more days,” he quipped.

Violation of the liquor ban is deemed an election offense and carries a penalty of one to six years imprisonment, removal of right to vote, and disqualification from public office.


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