- A barangay captain was arrested in Laguna after he bought alcohol amid the imposition of liquor ban
- However, Lucio Trecesito, captain of San Roque in San Pablo, said he only bought pineapple juice to quench his thirst due to the hot weather
- According to authorities, Lucio was nabbed after coming out of a mini mart in Alaminos carrying an eco bag containing liquors
- The barangay chairman was charged for violating the liquor ban and the Bayanihan As One Act
Police nabbed a barangay captain in Laguna after he bought alcohol amid the imposition of liquor ban.
In a report by GMA News, authorities said they caught Lucio Trecesito, chairman of Barangay San Roque in San Pablo, carrying bottles of liquors he purchased in a mini mart.
However, the suspect said he crossed San Roque’s border only to buy pineapple juice in Alaminos to quench his thirst due to the hot weather.
"Ang nabili ko po ay pineapple juice, gawa ng mainit, bumili ako ng juice," the chairman explained.
According to Police Captain Jollymar Seloterio, Chief of Police, Alaminos, Lucio came out of the store carrying an eco bag containing liquors and there he was arrested.
The store staff admitted that the store still sells liquors despite a liquor ban but held that it was the captain's fault if he bought it.
"Sa amin talaga 'yan, aaminin ko, ayaw kong magsinungaling sa inyo. Ayun ang kasalanan niya na bumili siya ng alak, alam niyang kapitan siya eh. Kargo niya 'yon," the staff said.
The barangay chairman was charged for violating the liquor ban and the Bayanihan As One Act.
In a report by Rappler, local government units banned stores from selling liquor, as people tend to converge on streets and fail to practice physical distancing.
KAMI previously reported that a woman in San Jose City reported her 47-year-old partner after he stole from her the P6,500 cash aid she received from the government. The suspect was then found drinking alcohol.
At present, the Philippines is under a state of calamity while the entire Luzon is under an ECQ to contain the spread of coronavirus disease 2019.
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