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Duterte says midnight liquor ban to discipline ‘children’

By on May 21, 2013 at 7:28 am
Duterte to criminals: Leave or stop | City Information Office photo
Duterte to criminals: Leave or stop | City Information Office photo

DAVAO CITY–Incoming Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the midnight liquor ban that he wants implemented soon is intended to help parents discipline their children.

Currently the vice mayor, Duterte said it alarmed him to see many young people are still out drinking even during hours when they are supposed to be already home.

“It is meant to help parents discipline children and keep them out of trouble,” Duterte said.

He has observed, he said, that many of those who are usually out during wee hours drinking are “getting younger and younger.”

“They maybe children of parents who work hard in the provinces just so they can send their children to school. And it is unfortunate that they do not even know what their children are doing here,” he said.

And alcohol, he said, is one of the ingredients for trouble.

Davao City has banned the selling of liquors and beverages after 2:00 a.m. Establishments violating the ban may face closure. Several years ago, Duterte ordered the closure of several establishments in Davao after he personally discovered that they were still selling alcoholic drinks even way past the 2:00 a.m. ban.

Apparently, the earlier ban would have to be amended because of Duterte’s proposal.

Mixed reactions

Duterte’s new ban has already generated mixed reactions.

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) chief, Police Superintendent Ronald dela Rosa, said he is favorable with it.

“It would mean that crime volume will be reduced two hours earlier,” dela Rosa said, adding that alcohol intoxication naturally increases the tendency of a person to commit a crime.

People who don’t drink also agree.

“Okay ra man ng liquor ban, wala bitaw ko’y negosyo na imanan. Dli pud ko tag iya sa sa San Mig. Gusto pa
nila himuon ug 10 p.m. ok lang (That is just fine. Selling alcoholic drinks is not our thing, anyway. And I am not the owner of San Mig (a popular beverage). He can ban alcohol even as early as 10 p.m.),” Deodato Tutor Jr., a graphic artist said.

Ralph Manaois, a college professor, was happy upon hearing the news. But there are also those who are against this.

“2:00 a.m. is enough. It would be too much if they ban it at 12 midnight. How will the people of Davao enjoy night life?” Jason Jeff Castillon said.

Jossel Awa, a marketing executive, said the midnight ban will surely be welcomed with opposition. In fact, Awa said, many remains unhappy with the 2:00 a.m. ban.

“People will just drink earlier and still have the chance to get intoxicated. It is bad for a lot of businesses. Not just bars but supermarkets. Even the taxi drivers. Nobody goes out anymore if that is the case,” Wesley Tyrone Yap, a businessman said.

Anne Abundo, executive director of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. said the proposal, if implemented, will be bad for bars and restaurants serving alcoholic beverages.

She said the DCCCII are going to do a study and survey on what bar owners think of Duterte’s proposal. | NewsDesk

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  1. Judy Ann

    May 21, 2013 at 9:03 am

    Okay lang man basta 18+ dili maapil sa midnight liquor ban.


    May 21, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    na pati adult drinkers ani pagan… na unsaon na ang ang buss. sectors… its nice pero mejo sobra ra pud 2 a.m is enough and just be strict sa age sa baligyaan… wala may mupalit na bata kung walay mubaligya… but the thing is… ang mga adult drinkers pud ka jamming mga bata, stujante… mao pud cguro nga gi tanan n lng…

  3. Dan

    May 21, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    This is not good, the Mayor-elect seems testing the waters to put himself as a King just like his religious advisor Mr. Quiboloy who thinks of himself as the new god.

    • mark

      May 21, 2013 at 11:47 pm

      lol mayor and pastor are not desame dude..hhaha lol quiboloy he used the name of god thats y he earned much money..

  4. Mark

    May 21, 2013 at 1:48 pm

    Tama lng ng 12am liquor ban…di kailangan ug liquor para mka relax or ma enjoy ang night….

    • Charles Lynel Joven

      May 21, 2013 at 3:11 pm

      got to the mountains and stay there you stupid low-life!!!!!!

      • Adik-sa-exclamation-point

        May 21, 2013 at 11:13 pm

        Ang high-blood ati. Strong kaayo ka sa exclamation point. pasabta daw ko anang ‘got to the mountains…’ nimo.

  5. Charles Lynel Joven

    May 21, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Mayor Duterte should focus on apprehending unruly 18-year old kids..and leave the responsible drinkers and party goers in peace!!!!!

    • wangster

      May 21, 2013 at 10:07 pm

      There’s always the option to leave town.

  6. marj

    May 21, 2013 at 4:05 pm

    i’m in favor of this liquor ban. pero dapat hunahuna-on pud kung maunsa ang davao pag hantod 12 mn nlng, tourists will not enjoy their stay kai limited ang oras sa mga bar, wla nay mu adto dri sa davao city. tas how about tong mga gusto mg party, people must enjoy din naman. tama n cguro tong 2am lng, atleast ma limit ang oras ug mahal naman pud mga alcoholic drinks karon.. let’s just say na dli kaayo k afford mga kabatan’unan sa mga ilimnon ug panagsa nlng sila mkapalit ana. ang dapat bntayan kai kanang mga drugs mn jud ba, dli mn jud mka affect kaayo sa tao ang beer, kai kung mahubog, itulog lng mana nila .. pero drugs? dghan kaayo gihapon na dri sa davao, lalo na sa mga crowded na lugar, ug suok2. pati kanang jueteng. sus!

    • mark

      May 21, 2013 at 11:51 pm

      mao gani na point brad tungod sa kamahal sa ilimnun ang nga batan-on na dili ka afford mag buhat nlang og dili maau para maka palit

  7. Michael Oliver Malayao

    May 21, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    WINE is a MOCKER and BEER a BRAWLER;whoever is led astray by them is NOT WISE.
    -Proverbs 20:1-

  8. Phoeniri

    May 21, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Although I don’t drink, I think this is too much. It wouldn’t be favorable to businesses such as bars. Furthermore, there are also some employees who comes out from the office around 9pm. The mayor shouldn’t assume that those who drink have so much time during the day.

  9. jule

    May 22, 2013 at 1:21 am

    ..louy pud me nga nanginabuhi ug gabie, unsaon n lang namo tawon ni, kung ana man daghan tourist ang dli mag adto sa davao,

  10. Ryan

    May 22, 2013 at 10:20 am

    if this ban will be implemented, drinking public will drink earlier and get drunk by midnight :)

  11. renz

    May 23, 2013 at 12:06 am

    ok rana xa! nc ka mayor..2am liquor ban ok rana b4 2am order namu pila ka bucket para padayon japon inum..LOL

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