Midnight curfew only for liquor ban, not all establishments – Panelo

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President Rodrigo Duterte has floated a possible nationwide ban on serving liquor during certain hours, not the closure of establishments, his spokesperson clarified Tuesday. (FILE PHOTO)

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 23) — President Rodrigo Duterte has floated a possible nationwide ban on serving liquor during certain hours, not the closure of establishments, his spokesperson clarified Tuesday.

Speaking to the media, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President was referring to the liquor ban when he suggested to close “everything” by midnight, during his State of the Nation Address on Monday. This is similar to the ban in Duterte’s hometown Davao City, he added.

The President mentioned a possible “national law,” though Interior Secretary Eduardo Año said a local ordinance would suffice.

“Actually ordinansa lang naman ng city government ang kailangan diyan para impose nila magsasara na talaga ‘yung establishment in exactly 12 o’ clock o kaya bawal na mag-serve ng liquor,” Año told CNN Philippines on Monday.

[Translation: Actually you only need an ordinance from the city government to impose that the establishments have to close exactly by 12 o’clock (midnight) or perhaps stop from serving liquor.]

In Davao, Año said, establishments close by midnight and stop serving alcohol by 10 p.m.

Senate President Tito Sotto said the curfew could be applied on a “case-to-case basis.”

On the other hand, Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa supported the suggestion, saying he personally experienced its benefits while living in Davao City. He added the ban may be enforced either nationwide or in select cities.