There will be a nationwide liquor ban on May 8 and May 9, 2022, the eve and day of the Philippine general elections.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has issued Resolution No. 10756, which stated that the sale and consumption of liquor during the two days would be illegal.

“It shall be unlawful for any person, including owners and managers of hotels, resorts, restaurants, and other establishments of the same nature to sell, furnish, offer, buy, serve, or take intoxicating liquor anywhere in the Philippines,” the resolution read.

The Comelec said only hotels, resorts, restaurants and other establishments certified by the Department of Tourism as tourist-oriented and habitually in the business of catering to foreign tourists would be exempted from the liquor ban.

Additionally, the Comelec said only foreign tourists consuming liquor in the said areas would be exempted.

The poll body also prohibited the bearing, carrying and transporting of firearms and other deadly weapons, and mandated the establishment of checkpoints in cities and municipalities.

The Comelec said only visual searches were allowed, and no persons should be required to undergo a physical or body search unless there is reasonable ground that the person committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime. John Ezekiel J. Hirro