5-day liquor ban by COMELEC halted by SC

scTROonLiquorBanA day before the implementation of new COMELEC rule on liquor ban, the Supreme Court have issued a TRO to stop it from being enforced.

Supreme Court Spokesman Atty. Theodore Te said the high court issued a Temporary Restraining Order against COMELEC’s Minute Resolution No. 13-0322. The new COMELEC resolution extends the previous 2-day liquor ban into a 5-day period as an answer to MMDA’s request for a 45-day liquor ban.

That resolution was opposed by the Food and Beverage Incorporated and International Wines and Spirits Association, Inc in SC through the TRO petition saying the COMELEC have exceeded its jurisdiction in creating new rules on liquor ban which can cause undue damage on their businesses.

With this recent decision, can’t help but think, is there an ongoing cold strife between the SC and the COMELEC? If you could remember, this is not the first time that the SC strike down COMELEC’s resolutions aiming at revolutionizing our election system. The Supreme Court also stopped COMELEC’s resolution on limiting new airtime caps on political advertisements, the order to take down Bacolod Diocese Team Patay and Team Buhay Tarpaulins, and the flip-flop decision on Imus, Cavite Mayoralty post.

I am in no position to question the intellect and wisdom of the SC magistrates, but at the same time I am very supportive of what Chariman Brillantes is doing in the Commission on Elections. The reforms he’s been doing right now is what former COMELEC chairmans should have done before.


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