23 liquor ban violators nabbed

MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 14 May) – Twenty-three residents in the city were arrested after being caught on a drinking spree during the two-day liquor ban imposed by the Commission on Election (Comelec).

According to Superintendent Erwin Bayani Meneses, the police chief here, one was arrested for selling drinks and the 22 were “caught in the act” in the streets of Barangay Casisang and a sports bar in Magsaysay St.

The liquor ban prohibits the selling, buying and drinking of intoxicating liquor to ease the tension during national and local elections. The ban started from midnight of May 9 to the midnight of May 10.

“Ang problema man gud kay wala nila giseryoso ang liquor ban (The problem is that people did not take this seriously),” Meneses said.

Comelec Resolution No. 8730 or the Rules and Regulations on the Liquor Ban in Connection with the May 10, 2010 National and Local Elections would send violators to 1-6 years of imprisonment, disqualification to hold public office and deprivation of their right to vote.

Meneses said that cases have been filed against the 23 at the City Fiscal’s Office as they were being detained at the City Police. (April Rose Torion / MindaNews)