Pres. Duterte calls for midnight liquor ban nationwide

Pres. Duterte calls for midnight liquor ban nationwide

- President Rodrigo Duterte urged the Congress to pass the law seeking to impose midnight curfew for liquor

- The President mentioned that the proposed measure might affect many businesses

- It might also affect tourism in the country

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President Rodrigo Duterte urged the Congress to pass a law that would impose midnight curfew for liquor.

KAMI learned that the proposed measure could affect tourism in the Philippines.

In a report by the Inquirer (author Nestor Corrales), Malacañang clarified that President Duterte only wanted to impose a liquor ban for few hours and not total closure of establishments.

“A national law, para lahat na, that at 12 o' clock, everything closes,” the President said during his 4th State of the Nation Address (SONA).

“I was just suggesting. I’d like to -- Congress to ponder on it and maybe sleep on it and if they want. But it can improve tremendously the quality of life. Stop drinking at almost 11, then you go home,” he added.

President Duterte also acknowledged that the proposed law would be at the expense of establishments that offer liquor during midnight like bars and clubs.

As reported by ABS-CBN News, Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry Chairman George Barcelon mentioned that the proposed liquor ban might affect tourism.

“’Yung ban na ‘yan ay dapat sa mga lugar na medyo may problema sa peace and order,” Barcelon said.

In a previous report by KAMI, President Duterte also urged Congress to pass the law which seeks to increase the pay of government workers.

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