Panay News

Man faces raps for ‘violating’ liquor ban


BORACAY – A 39-year-old man was apprehende­d for violating the liquor ban in the early morning of May 8 in Barangay Balabag here.

Kirby Adriato was residing at Zone 5, Sitio Bolabog, Barangay Balabag.

He was originally reported to the police for failing to pay his ordered alcoholic beverage and was observed to be under the influence of intoxicati­ng liquor.

The liquor ban started at 12:01 a.m. on May 8 and was set to end at 11:59 p.m. of May 9 as stated in the Commission on Elections (Comelec) Resolution No. 10695. During this period, selling, furnishing, offering, buying, serving, or taking intoxicati­ng liquor were prohibited.

The Western Visayas top cop, Police Brigadier General Flynn Dongbo, directed all police commanders across the region to strictly implement the liquor ban.

“Maximize the conduct of preventive patrol and police visibility in your areas of responsibi­lity and ensure that all election-related directives are implemente­d. Make sure that the people in every community are protected and secured,” said Dongbo.

According to the Omnibus Election Code (Article XXII, Section 264), “any person found guilty of any election offense…shall be punished with imprisonme­nt of not less than one year but not more than six years and shall not be subject to probation.”

Dongbo urged the public to abide by the rules during this election period./

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