MANILA, Philippines – A lawmaker is seeking to pass a law that limits operations of bars and similar establishments selling alcoholic drinks to 2 a.m.
House Bill 3235, drafted by Caloocan City 1st District Rep. Oscar Malapitan, seeks to limit the operations of clubs, bars and similar establishments from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Operating hours may be extended to 2 a.m. if the following day is a Saturday, Sunday or a holiday.
In a statement, Malapitan said there is no need to provide statistics of "crimes occurring in these establishments or as a result of having patronized them."
"Aside from crimes, lives are lost due to preventable accidents," he added.
He said psychologists, sociologists and others believe intoxicating liquor and constant exposure to equally intoxicating environments cause criminality.
"There are so many more social evils that could be prevented if these establishments were totally banned, but because our people must be allowed some pleasures to relax a tired and weary body, these establishments should be regulated instead. We also must have to weigh the economic side of the issue with public interest as the bottom line," he added.
If passed into law, those caught in violation would be imprisoned from six months and one day to not more than six years, without probation.
The bill also requires that establishments must not allow entry of person with a criminal record. It also requires that firearms be surrendered to the club management.