The Commission on Elections (Comelec) on Monday warned that selling or drinking liquor is not allowed on May 8 and 9, 2016.
Those who violate the prohibition face imprisonment of from one to six years without probation, with the guilty party disqualified from holding public office and exercising the right of suffrage.
Under the Comelec’s implementing rules, “It shall be unlawful for any person, including owners and managers of hotels, resorts, restaurants, and other establishments of the same nature to sell, furnish, offer, buy, serve, or take intoxicating liquor anywhere in the Philippines.
The Comelec deputized the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, Regional Election Directors, Assistant Regional Election Directors, Provincial Election Supervisors, Election Officers, and members of the Comelec Election Law Enforcement Team (ELET) to implement the resolution.
Hotels and other establishments duly certified by the Department of Tourism as tourist-oriented establishments and habitually in the business of catering to foreign tourists may be exempted upon prior authority of the Commission.
The Comelec also pointed out that “only tourists taking intoxicating liquor in said authorized hotels or establishments are exempted from the prohibition.”
Earlier, the Comelec also issued Minute Resolution No.16-0234, which prohibits smoking in all voting precincts nationwide during the elections.
The smoking ban was sought by the Civil Service Commission.