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SC stops liquor ban from May 9-11

MANILA, Philippines - The Supreme Court (SC) on Wednesday stopped the implementation of the election liquor ban from May 9-11.

The case stemmed from the petition for prohibition of Food and Beverage Inc. and International Wines and Spirits Association, which argued that the Commission on Elections overstepped in its power when it amended the provision of the section 261 of the Omnibus Election Code which pertains to prohibited activities during the poll period.

The two companies also insisted that the poll body did not exercise due process when it failed to issue a notice and call for a public consultation regarding the liquor ban.

"GR 206752 Food and beverage inc v comelec, SC issues TRO to enjoin comelec from enforcing the liquor ban from May 9-11,2013," the SC Public Information Office said.

The high court also required the Commission on Elections to comment in the petition by 5 p.m. on Thursday.

The liquor ban is supposed to start on the same day.

In its official Twitter account, the SC PIO said the law only allows for a two-day ban on liquor during election season.


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