Liquor ban starts May 9

Manila, Philippines --- If you're planning to pop into a bar and drink beer with friends in the next few days, you will not likely be served with your favorite drink.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) liquor ban will be in force from May 9 to May 13 around the country in line with election preparations although there are a few exemptions.

Malacañang has appealed to the public to obey the liquor ban, which was recently extended to five days from the previous two days by the Comelec. The government apparently wants the voters to be sober when they cast their ballot on May 13.

An infographic about the election-related liquor ban was posted on the Official Gazette for public information, according to Deputy presidential spokeswoman Abigail Valte.

"On the 9th, and there are several exceptions as to the buying and to the selling in particular establishments. So please do check out the Official Gazette to know more about the details relative to the election ban," Valte said.

Under the liquor ban, any sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited from 12 a.m. of May 9 to 11:59 p.m. of May 13.

Drinking and serving alcoholic drinks within polling places are also banned.

Drinking alcoholic beverages, on the other hand, may be allowed within private property.
Hotels and tourist-oriented businesses certified by the Department of Tourism may also apply exemption from the liquor ban from Comelec.

Foreign tourists may also drink alcohol in exempted establishments.

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