MANILA-- A five-day liquor ban will be in place beginning May 9, Thursday, until the May 13 polls.
The Commission on Elections (Comelec) said those who violate the liquor ban may face up to six years in prison.
Only foreigners and tourism-certified hotels and establishments are exempted from the ban.
Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes earlier said the expansion of the liquor ban, which previously covered only the election day and the day prior, was fixed at only five days because these are the days when political campaigns usually heat up.
He said the longer liquor ban should lessen tensions, specifically on the Saturday (May 11) before the elections.