Iloilo City reinstates liquor ban a day after lifting it

Joyce Ann Clavecillas, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 22 2020 11:04 AM | Updated as of Apr 22 2020 01:14 PM

ILOILO CITY (UPDATE)-- Iloilo City Mayor Jerry Treñas reinstated the liquor ban in this city Wednesday, a day after ordering its lifting.

Treñas said "incidents involving intoxicated persons last night" prompted him to reinstate the ban on alcoholic beverages.

"In view of the various incidents due to intoxicated persons and in view of the many other important activities undertaken by our security personnel and upon the advice coming from various sectors, I am reimposing the ban on the sale of alcoholic drinks effective immediately until further notice," he said in a Facebook post.

The mayor on Tuesday issued an executive order allowing the sale of liquor anew in Iloilo City. The order was supposed to be implemented on Wednesday.

But instead, Treñas issued a new executive order reinstating the ban on alcoholic beverages.

"There were several reported incidents and complaints related to the abuse in consumption of alcohol, and violations of physical distancing measures hence, there is a need to reimpose the prohibition on the sale and consumption of liquor within Iloilo City," the mayor said in his latest executive order.

He also instructed authorities to ensure that residents comply with the liquor ban.