Muntinlupa lifts liquor ban but prohibits cash aid recipients from buying alcoholic drinks


Posted at Jun 03 2020 02:04 PM | Updated as of Jun 03 2020 05:22 PM

MANILA - Muntinlupa City has lifted its liquor ban but prohibited beneficiaries of the government's social amelioration program from buying alcoholic beverages, its local government said in a city ordinance made public on Wednesday.

Cash aid beneficiaries cannot buy liquor while the city is under general community quarantine, and even when it transitions to a modified GCQ, the ordinance said.

"Any individual who has received and been receiving financial assistance from the national or local government shall be prohibited from purchasing liquor and other alcoholic beverages for the duration of the GCQ and MGCQ to ensure that the government assistance is not wasted on alcohol," the city government said.

Cash aid beneficiaries will also be asked to sign an undertaking stating that "he/she shall refrain from consuming alcohol during the GCQ and MGCQ," according to the ordinance.

Beneficiaries of the government's cash aid program who buy liquor may be disqualified from any existing or future financial assistance of Muntinlupa City, the ordinance stated.

Under Ordinance No. 2020-100, liquor sellers are required to keep a logbook of buyers of alcoholic beverages.

The logbook must contain the full name, address, and contact details of the person who purchased liquor.

Metro Manila was placed under general community quarantine beginning June 1 as the country hopes to revive its bruised economy caused by the coronavirus pandemic.