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Unified closing time of bars meritorious

BAGUIO CITY December 26 – Mayor Mauricio G. Domogan asserted there is merit to the standing proposal of the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO) headed by Senior Superintendent Ramil L. Saculles for the local government to institute a unified closing time of bars in the city to lessen the occurrence of liquor-related crimes and to allow law enforcers to concentrate in their anti-criminality and peacekeeping efforts that will sustain the good peace and order situation of the city.

The local chief executive underscored there is nothing wrong if bars will be mandated to close at 12 midnightconsidering that most of the liquor-related crimes have been recorded to be happening during the prevailing closing time of night establishments at 2 am, thus, the need for the local legislative body to take a look at the ordinance prescribing to the closing of bars to institute the necessary changes to suit the prevailing trend of the times.

"The BCO is in the best position to make the appropriate recommendations for the adoption of a unified closing time of our night establishments to help further improve the prevailing peace and order situation in our city for the benefit of both the residents and the tourists. While there is a need to look into the business aspect of the matter, the greater interest of the public which is good peace and ordered situation must be the primordial consideration in the adoption of the appropriate changes to the prevailing closing time of bars and other similarly situated night establishments," Domogan stressed.

He added that now that the La Trinidad municipal council has passed the ordinance prescribing the closing time of night spots in its areas of jurisdiction to be at 12 midnight, individuals under the influence of liquor wanting to continue drinking intoxicating drinks will now flock to the city to do so because they have still two hours to enjoy their night life and when in the said establishments, there is a big possibility that they will get in trouble with similarly situated individuals that add up to the occurrence of liquor-related crimes recorded by the police who respond to the troubles emanating from the night spots.

According to him, monitoring the operation of night spots, especially their compliance to the prescribed closing time pursuant to existing ordinances, is not only the job of the law enforcers that is why there is a need for the bar owners to cooperate with existing regulations to close on time or else they stand to be imposed the stiff penalties contained in the city's liquor ordinance.

Domogan emphasized that there had already been numerous instances when untoward incidents that happen outside night establishments had been televised which actually placed the city in a bad light although the said incidents are considered to be isolated cases but the fact remains that those who were involved in the said incidents came from the various bars operating in the different parts of the city.

He appealed to the bar owners to understand the position of the law enforcers in recommending an early and unified closing time of night establishments because it is the greater interest of the residents and visitors is being given primordial consideration and not the interest of certain sectors of the community, especially when the issue of peace and order is at stake, considering that it is the city that will benefit from the improved peace and order situation.

By Dexter A. See

 
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