DAVAO CITY–Incoming Mayor Rodrigo Duterte said the midnight liquor ban that he wants implemented soon is intended to help parents discipline their children.
Currently the vice mayor, Duterte said it alarmed him to see many young people are still out drinking even during hours when they are supposed to be already home.
“It is meant to help parents discipline children and keep them out of trouble,” Duterte said.
He has observed, he said, that many of those who are usually out during wee hours drinking are “getting younger and younger.”
“They maybe children of parents who work hard in the provinces just so they can send their children to school. And it is unfortunate that they do not even know what their children are doing here,” he said.
And alcohol, he said, is one of the ingredients for trouble.
Davao City has banned the selling of liquors and beverages after 2:00 a.m. Establishments violating the ban may face closure. Several years ago, Duterte ordered the closure of several establishments in Davao after he personally discovered that they were still selling alcoholic drinks even way past the 2:00 a.m. ban.
Apparently, the earlier ban would have to be amended because of Duterte’s proposal.
Duterte’s new ban has already generated mixed reactions.
Davao City Police Office (DCPO) chief, Police Superintendent Ronald dela Rosa, said he is favorable with it.
“It would mean that crime volume will be reduced two hours earlier,” dela Rosa said, adding that alcohol intoxication naturally increases the tendency of a person to commit a crime.
People who don’t drink also agree.
“Okay ra man ng liquor ban, wala bitaw ko’y negosyo na imanan. Dli pud ko tag iya sa sa San Mig. Gusto pa
nila himuon ug 10 p.m. ok lang (That is just fine. Selling alcoholic drinks is not our thing, anyway. And I am not the owner of San Mig (a popular beverage). He can ban alcohol even as early as 10 p.m.),” Deodato Tutor Jr., a graphic artist said.
Ralph Manaois, a college professor, was happy upon hearing the news. But there are also those who are against this.
“2:00 a.m. is enough. It would be too much if they ban it at 12 midnight. How will the people of Davao enjoy night life?” Jason Jeff Castillon said.
Jossel Awa, a marketing executive, said the midnight ban will surely be welcomed with opposition. In fact, Awa said, many remains unhappy with the 2:00 a.m. ban.
“People will just drink earlier and still have the chance to get intoxicated. It is bad for a lot of businesses. Not just bars but supermarkets. Even the taxi drivers. Nobody goes out anymore if that is the case,” Wesley Tyrone Yap, a businessman said.
Anne Abundo, executive director of the Davao City Chamber of Commerce and Industry Inc. said the proposal, if implemented, will be bad for bars and restaurants serving alcoholic beverages.
She said the DCCCII are going to do a study and survey on what bar owners think of Duterte’s proposal. | NewsDesk