Night Life in Davao City dead after 1 a.m., new Liquor Ban to take effect soon!

Once the amended liquor ban which was signed by Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte take effect which prohibits the serving, selling and drinking of intoxicating drinks along city streets, parking areas and uninhabited places from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m., the city’s night life will eventually be good as dead!

 

The city mayor inked the Ordinance No. 004-13 Series of 2013 (An Order Amending Ordinance No. 1627, Series of 1994, “An Ordinance regulating the operation of business establishments selling liquors, coconut wine and other nature wine and other alcoholic beverages in the City of Davao) in August.

The City Council approved the ordinance in July.

However, the amended ordinance is not yet in effect since it needs to be published in a newspaper of general circulation in the locality for three consecutive times as provided under Section 5 of the ordinance.

It has already been published once. Two more publications are needed before it takes effect.

The amended ordinance mandates that the prohibition of drinking and consuming liquor is not only limited to all business establishments selling and serving liquors, alcoholic beverages, coconut wine (tuba) and other nature wines, but in all other public places in the city.

First offense calls for an administrative fine of P3,000, while the second offense calls for a fine of P5,000 and imprisonment of three months or both upon the discretion of the court. For the third offense, a fine of P5,000, or one year imprisonment will be slapped against the offender and his or her business permit will be revoked.

Many businesses that caters to liquor like bars, Karaoke, and the likes will have to close their establishment by 1 a.m. or stop selling alcohol related products.

There is a big possibility that these establishment will close since alcoholn drinkers usually go out late at night. They may even suffer losses in the long run.

What is your take on this?

Liquor Ban Up on Oct. 27 – 28 in preparation for Barangay Elections!

Commission on Elections (Comelec) imposes a two day liquor ban in connection with the up-coming barangay elections which will take place on Monday,October 28!

The liquor ban will officially start tomorrow, October 27 at exactly 12:01 a.m.

Comelec chair Sixto Brillantes Tweeted the following:

“Please note that the ELECTION LIQUOR BAN starts 12:01 a.m. of October 27 and will stay in place until October 28, 2013”

One of the provisions under Section 261 (Prohibited Acts) of the Omnibus Election Code states that: “Any person who sells, furnishes, offers, buys, serves or takes intoxicating liquor on the days fixed by law for the registration of voters in the polling place, or on the day before the election or on election day.”

However, it added: “Hotels and other establishments duly certified by the Ministry of Tourism as tourist oriented and habitually in the business of catering to foreign tourists may be exempted for justifiable reasons upon prior authority of the Commission.”

Aside from selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving or taking intoxicating liquor, other prohibited acts in the eve of election are “giving, accepting, free transportation, food, drinks and things of value” and campaigning.

The Comelec said these acts are prohibited until Election Day, October 28.

Davao City Council approves liquor ban from 1 a.m. – 8 a.m. that ends night life in the city!

THE 17th City Council of Davao approved on third and final reading Wednesday, July 24, 2013 the amended liquor ban regulating the operation of business establishments selling liquor and other alcoholic beverages in the city to an earlier time.

It was Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte who requested the City Council to move the city’s liquor ban earlier from 2 a.m. to 1 a.m.

The committee hearing for the amended liquor ban was completed in less than 10 days after the proponent was presented to the body for the first reading last week, the second reading was approved last Tuesday and passed on the third and final reading during the special session the next day.

The measure not only prohibits the serving and selling of liquor, but also the drinking of intoxicating beverages along city streets, parking areas, plazas and uninhabited places from 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.

The City Council also amended the penalties against violators of the amended liquor ban.

The first offense calls for administrative fine of P3,000 while the second offense calls for a fine of P5,000 and an imprisonment of three months or both upon the discretion of the court.

A fine of P5,000 or one year imprisonment will be slapped against violator for the third offense aside from revocation of business permit.

As a Dabawenyo, I think this new amended liquor ban is not necessary and it will surely end the night life and the establishments selling liquors like bars and clubs to close shop in the coming days!

Toutrist will shorten their stay in the city for there is no where to go after midnight!

What are your take on this?

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