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Happy time no more? Helen Tan wants to ban drinking alcohol in public

Aug 8, 2019 @ 16:49

Drinking alcohol in public may soon be illegal because of a bill bill that seeks to prohibit the selling, serving, and consumption of alcohol and alcoholic beverages in all streets, pathways, plazas, alleys, sidewalks, parks, and parking areas.

House Bill 3049 filed by Quezon Rep. Angelina Tan also prohibits the consumption of alcohol in all establishments between 12:00 midnight to 8:00 in the morning.

Restaurants, clubs, hotels, retail stores, supermarkets, fast food chains, canteens, cafés, bar and cocktail lounges and other places with common business areas located within Metropolitan Manila, highly urbanized areas, and Special Economic Zones or ECOZONES, however, may be allowed to sell or serve alcohol until 2 a.m.

Tan, who chairs the House committee on health, said the measure will help curb criminality.

“Alcoholism and violence have clearly become key public health issues that require urgent attention. Hence, it is imperative for the country to initiate a national policy to curb alcohol consumption in public places,” she said.

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