Police to strictly enforce
Comelec liquor prohibition
The Bacolod City Police Office will strictly implement the Commission on Elections liquor ban May 9 to 13, BCPO spokesperson, Supt. Armando Tubongbanua, said yesterday.
He said they will apprehend anyone caught drinking, buying or selling alcoholic beverages or liquor in public places.
Individuals caught buying alcoholic drinks, even if they are bringing these to their houses, will also be arrested, he said.
The police will also intensify the monitoring of establishments that sell liquor, or allows its consumption in their premises, Tubongbanua said.
Comelec Resolution 9582 states that violators will be jailed for not more than six years without probation, will be disqualified to hold public office, and prohibited from voting.
Section 3 exempts hotels and establishments certified by the Department of Tourism as tourist-oriented and habitually in the business of catering to foreign tourists, provided they secure written authority from the Comelec.*SGG
Car hits café,
A man, believed to be under the influence of intoxicating liquor, was injured when his car hit the café of a hotel at Lacson Street, Bacolod City, at around 3:45 a.m. Wednesday.
Traffic investigator, Police Officer 2 Richard Villan, said the 19 year-old-driver of the Mitsubishi Lancer, with plate number FFS119, is a resident of Brgy. Tangub in Bacolod, and was heading south of Lacson when he crashed into the facade of the café.
Investigation showed that the driver, whose name was not disclosed, was racing with another vehicle, when his car hit the café and damaged its glass, tables and chairs as well as a telephone post, Villan said.
The hotel management is still computing the damage, and the driver said he is willing to pay for it, Villan added.
Meanwhile, a woman was killed when she fell from a vehicle and was run over by a Ford tractor at about 7 a.m. Saturday at the Bacolod-Murcia road, near the Paglaum Village.
Senior Police Officer 1 Joey Mira identified the fatality as Maria Minda Fermiza, 57, of Hacienda Guanzon, Brgy. Mansilingan, in Bacolod.
Investigation showed that Fermiza who seated beside driver Edgar Ayongan, 46, who had fallen asleep, fell from the vehicle and was run over by the tractor.
An amicable settlement has already been made, between those involved, Mira added.*PAMELA I. VIEDOR