MANILA, Philippines – May 9 and 10 are not the best days to sit back and enjoy an alcoholic drink.
According to Resolution 8730, which was promulgated by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) on December 23, 2009, Filipinos are prohibited from offering, drinking, buying, selling or taking liquor anywhere within the country on May 9 and May 10.
The liquor ban is in accordance with Section 261 of the Omnibus Election Code, which covers election offenses.
Under Section 261, a person is guilty of an election offense if he “sells, furnishes, offers, buys, serves or takes intoxicating liquor on the days fixed by law for the registration of voters in the polling place, or on the day before the election or on election day."
The offense is punishable by 1 to 6 years imprisonment, and offenders will "not be subject to probation."
Candidates who violate the liquor ban will be immediately disqualified and barred from holding public office.
Foreign citizens in the country are exempted from the ban if they drink liquor in accredited hotels and establishments which obtain a written authorization from the Comelec.
The Philippine National Police (PNP), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), regional election directors, provincial election supervisors, election officers and election law enforcement teams from the Comelec will implement the liquor ban.
Filipinos can raise a mug or 2 of their favorite liquor, either to celebrate a victory or drown the sorrow of a defeat, starting on May 11.