By Argyll Geducos
President Duterte asked the Congress to think about passing a measure banning the sale of liquor by 12 midnight, saying it will improve the Filipinos’ quality of life.
In an interview after his fourth State of the Nation Address (SONA), President Duterte said he is serious in his proposal but said it would have a negative effect on businesses.
“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 said.
“Overall, by experience that it will do good. But I said it would be at the expense of a reduced income for those who operate nightclubs, clubs, discos during night-time,” he added.
Duterte has repeatedly mentioned that a curfew worked in Davao City and people seemed to already like it. However, he doubted if it would be received the same way when implemented nationwide.
“I do not think it is a popular move because it will affect adversely businesses that operate during night-time,” he said.
“But for a small city like Davao, parang nagustuhan na kasi ng mga tao (I think the people learned to like it). But in other countries and other states, 12 o’clock ang ano talaga — sarado (By 12 midnight, establishments are closed),” he added.
Duterte first mentioned replicating the Davao City ordinance prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages from 1 a.m. in the entire country after he won the presidency in 2016. According to the President, this will help curb criminality.
In April 2016, Duterte said he will outlaw streetside drinking sessions in case he became president.
“Iyang mga nag-iinom sa daan, ‘wag kang magpapakita sa akin, sasagasaan kita (Do not let me catch you drinking in the streets or I will run you over). It has to stop. There has to be a sense of order, good order for this country,” he said.