PARANAQUE City Mayor Edwin Olivarez yesterday announced that drinking, selling and distribution of liquors and other alcoholic drinks remain prohibited in the city.
“To those who love to go to bar at sa mga mahilig gumimik, kunting tiis muna,” said the mayor, explaining that anyone caught drinking in the streets of Parañaque City risk being arrested and paying a hefty fine.
Olivarez said the restriction during the extended period of the modified enhanced community quarantine (MECO) aims to discourage residents from gathering at bars and streets and stop the spread of coronavirus.
“I believe that intoxicated residents will not practice social distancing during this time of COVID-19 pandemic,” he explained.
He also expressed his disappointment over reports that some city residents were not following the government’s rules prohibiting mass gatherings due to the ECQ.
Earlier, major liquor companies have appealed for the government to lift the total ban on alcoholic beverages, citing the negative impact of the industry's declining market.
Liquor makers have suggested instead a partial ban, adding a time period for the sale can be implemented to help regulate drinking.
Malacañang, however, said it is up to local government units to implement or lift their own liquor bans, as the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force has not specifically decided on the issue.
Olivarez added that the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) headed by lawyer Melanie Malaya in support of the local police and the barangays were tasked to strictly enforce the order.