Con­ve­nience stores serv­ing 3 or more liquor to be closed

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Jean Marvette A. De­me­cillo/ GAN

Cebu City Mayor To­mas Os­meña will ask the coun­cilors to spon­sor an or­di­nance that will al­low the city gov­ern­ment to close con­ve­nience stores that will vi­o­late city's rules.

Os­meña said stores that are serv­ing liquor to mi­nors are al­ready pro­lif­er­at­ing.

“My pro­posal is that we will pass an or­di­nance. If we catch any­one who leaves a con­ve­nience store drunk, whether adult or mi­nor be­cause he's been served in the store, we will close the store,” he said.

For as long as the con­ve­nience stores will be serv­ing two liquor drinks, Os­meña said he will al­low it.

He, how­ever, ad­mit­ted that the city can­not be there at all times to mon­i­tor the stores, but the clo­sure or­der will be served if some­body will be caught drunk leav­ing the store.

The mayor said he will be ask­ing the po­lice and the barangay tan­ods for the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the or­di­nance when ap­proved by the City Coun­cil.

“It's up to them to reg­u­late. It's also good for the store…sorry I can't serve you be­cause we're break­ing the law. Nahubog ka na. You have to go home safely,” he said.

Os­meña said the city will no longer give a warn­ing to these stores.

“Ni-leave sa store nga hubog, that's more than enough warn­ing. Duha ka beer, okay ra na. But when the po­lice see them tum­bling out of the store, or he has to be car­ried out of the store, we'll close the store,” he added.

Os­meña said the mon­i­tor­ing of the po­lice and tan­ods will be easy since there are stores al­ready known as drink­ing ses­sion of peo­ple.

He said it's a dif­fer­ent scene dur­ing Sin­u­log since there are cer­tain drink­ing spots in the carousel route that will be closed.

Sought for com­ment, Coun­cilor David Tu­mu­lak said he is will­ing to spon­sor the pro­posed leg­is­la­tion in the City Coun­cil.

Tu­mu­lak, deputy mayor for po­lice mat­ters, said he will sit down in a meet­ing with the mayor to dis­cuss the de­tails of the pro­posed leg­is­la­tion.

He agreed with the mayor that the con­ve­nience stores should be reg­u­lated, since there are sev­eral of them sell­ing liquors with­out pay­ing taxes.

“I think we can close them for serv­ing liquors kay some of the stores man gud has per­mits for sell­ing liquors, but no per­mits for serv­ing liquors. We can en­force that,” he said.

Tu­mu­lak said there are other known con­ve­nience stores that are vi­o­lat­ing other or­di­nances of the city like ex­tend­ing their stores in their park­ing ar­eas, which is pro­hib­ited.

He said he will co­or­di­nate with the Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice and City Trea­surer's Of­fice to re­mind the con­ve­nience stores to fol­low the city's or­di­nances.

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