MANILA — A 48-hour liquor ban will be imposed from May 12 to May 13 in time for the 2019 midterm elections, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced Thursday.
PNP spokesperson Police Col. Bernard Banac said the ban prohibits drinking, selling, and serving intoxicating drinks from 12:01 a.m. of May 12 until 12 midnight of May 13, election day.
“Ito ay bahagi ng ating security preparation na ipatutupad para magkaroon tayo ng mapayapa at maayos na halalan sa Lunes,” Banac told reporters in a press briefing at the PNP headquarters in Camp Crame.
(This is part of our security preparation for peaceful and orderly elections on Monday.)
The PNP has been enforcing a gun ban, barring the bearing or transportation of firearms or other deadly weapons during the election period from Jan. 13 to June 12.
In over 60,000 checkpoints and 5,000 operations, Banac said law enforcers have recovered 4,459 firearms and 42,430 other deadly weapons as of May 8. A total of 5,316 individuals, meanwhile, have been arrested.
Since Jan. 13, the PNP has recorded 33 “election-related incidents” where 14 people were killed and 22 others were injured.