Mayor Baste wants the liquor ban to be enforced more strictly
Following the weekend shooting, Davao City Mayor Sebastian Duterte has called for the city's liquor ban to be strictly enforced. In a press conference held inside his office on Monday, July 4, Duterte stated that he had directed the Davao City Police Offi
Mayor Baste wants the liquor ban to be enforced more strictly

During the liquor ban, according to City Ordinance 004-2013, serving or consuming liquor and any other alcoholic and intoxicating drinks in public is prohibited between 1 a.m. to 8 a.m.

However, Duterte stated that other establishments are not fully complying with the ordinance.

"Di man siya entire na mao nahitabo kay wala kaayo nato gistriktuhan (The ordinance is not being entirely strictly implemented) because we all know nga bag-o ra pud ta nakagawas sa pandemic, and medyo resistant pud kaayo mga tao na muuli og sayo kay ganahan sila mulaag (We are slowly easing Covid-19 restrictions, and some people are slightly being resistant in going home early because they want to hangout). For two years, wala sila nakagawas-gawas (they have been staying indoors)," the mayor said.

But, I suppose, kung striktuhan gyud nato ang implementation sa liquor ban nato (if we would strictly implement the liquor ban), we can avoid these incidents from happening, because when people are intoxicated with alcohol, bad things can happen in any point in time," the mayor added.

Duterte has stated that he will issue an executive order (EO) in this regard.

In terms of potentially amending the ordinance, the mayor stated that he will look into how Dabawenyos will react to his EO, which will serve as their foundation.

"Maintain lang usa nato (We will maintain for the meantime the ordinance) until such time makita nato kung unsa ang mga (we can observe the) adjustments," he said

Duterte also warned bar owners who defy the liquor ban that they will be sanctioned and their business licenses may be revoked.

At 12:50 a.m. on July 2, 2022 A 21-year-old bar patron was killed after being shot by a 31-year-old doctor and non-uniformed police officers.

DCPO Director Alberto Lupaz reaffirmed Duterte's directive to strictly enforce the liquor ban.

"Ang sabi lang niya (What the mayor instructed us), let us strictly implement the liquor ban, na kung anong oras talaga, ay hanggang doon lang talaga (to observe the only allowed hours for drinking)," Lupaz said.

He also urged bar owners to post "no firearms allowed inside" signage at their entrances and to have security personnel screen patrons.

According to the police official, they plan to deploy additional backup security personnel near the bar establishments to respond in times of commotion.

According to Lupaz, the bar where the incident occurred will also be investigated. However, he stated that the police are currently focusing on the merits of the suspect and the victim.

However, he stated that they will investigate the establishment's potential liability.

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