FILIPINOS who smoke and drink alcohol, as well as 17-year-olds or younger who love to party until the wee hours of the morning may have to make some adjustments in their lifestyle under the incoming administration.
In an interview in Davao City Sunday night, presumptive President-elect Rodrigo Duterte vowed to implement a nationwide curfew, smoking and liquor ban to protect the welfare of the general populace.
Just like in Davao City, Duterte told reporters, he would set a 10 p.m. curfew for unaccompanied minors.
He then vowed to order the police to arrest the parents for letting their children below the majority age of 18 to be out by themselves beyond the imposed curfew.
“My order is this: not to arrest the child, the minor,” Duterter said, adding that after placing the child into the custody of concerned agencies, the police would then arrest the parents.
Duterte cited the Revised Penal Code as his basis for arresting parents found allowing their underage children roam the streets during ungodly hours.
Aside from the nationwide curfew, Duterte said he is also going to implement a liquor ban and no-smoking policy all over the country.
He said the sale of alcohol could be prohibited as early as 10 p.m.
“We need legislation for that. The Congress can give it to me …” Duterte stressed.
Asked whether 10 p.m. was too early, the tough-talking mayor said, “You have the whole day [para bumili]ng isang truck ng beer (to buy a truck of beer).”
He was quick to point out, however, that the liquor ban will start from 2 a.m.
For the past 14 years, Davao City has imposed a ban on the sale of liquors at 1 a.m.
Duterte said he would also ban smoking in enclosed public areas nationwide, with “smoking room” to be prohibited.
Smoking will only be allowed on the street, 50 meters away from establishments, he added.
Davao City has been implementing an anti-smoking ordinance since 2002.
It may be recalled that toward the end of his campaign for the presidency, Duterte had said in jest that he might give smokers two days to adjust before banning smoking in public areas nationwide. CATHERINE S. VALENTE