Hotels, restos urged to apply for liquor ban exemption

ANGELES CITY -- The Department of Tourism (DOT)-Central Luzon office has advised hotels, restaurants and other establishments with foreign customers to apply for exemption on the five-day liquor ban on May 9 to 13.

The Commission on Election (Comelec) decided to extend by three days the duration of the election liquor ban.

DOT regional director Ronnie Tiotuico said concerned establishments should secure certifications and authorizations from the DOT and Comelec for exemption on the liquor ban.

"Come May 9-13, 2013, election period, Comelec will enforce a liquor ban in all establishments all over the country except in DOT-accredited hotels and other establishments which are in the practice of catering to foreign tourists (bars and cocktail lounges not accreditable)," Tiotuico said.

Comelec Chairman Sixto Brillantes Jr. earlier said that "before, the liquor ban was effective only the day before and on election day.

He said the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) had even proposed that a 60-day liquor ban be imposed.

Brillantes, however, said the MMDA's proposed ban would be too long and would likely invite an adverse reaction from liquor manufacturers.

He clarified that the Comelec en banc can really expand the ban but not to an unreasonable period because it will affect business.

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