Keep minors from vices through education: Duterte

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Sunday, July 6, 2014

DAVAO City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said the best way to stop minors from consuming alcoholic beverages and using tobacco products is through education, since any minor wily enough can carry fake documents just so he can drink or smoke.

Further, he told business establishment owners: "If you are in doubt, do not serve."

Duterte said he used to violate the law against serving liquor to minors when he was young.


"Dali ra man na. Dali ra mupalit ug bag-ong cedula kaniadto. Pati kanang LTO, pag madakpan ko, kuhaon ang lisenysa, kuha na pud ko bag-o (That’s easy. You can easily buy a residence certificate. Even driver’s licenses before. Whenever I’d be caught violating and my license is taken, I will just get another one)," Duterte said.

Duterte was pertaining to the proposed amendment of the 17th City Council to require buyers of cigarettes and liquors to present IDs. The council is pushing for this to prevent minors from buying and selling these products.

Read related article: Bill requires buyers’ IDs to get cigarette, liquor

However, Duterte said education is the solution.

"You have to talk to schools, ang problema kaning (the problem are the) out-of-school youth. But, if you are in doubt, do not serve. Ana lang na (That's how it is)," he said.

Based on the draft of the proposed amendment of the City Council here, all business owners -- from small sari-sari stores to grocery and convenience stores -- are "mandated to determine the age of their would-be buyers by requiring them to present their identification documents that establish or indicate the person's age before selling or serving to them liquors and cigarettes."

Identification documents include school ID, employee's ID, and other government-issued ID such as driver's license, voter's ID, SSS/GSIS ID, PRC card, or postal ID.

Anyone who violates the proposed ordinance will be required to pay the fine of P10,000 or be imprisoned for 10 days for first offense; pay P30,000 or be imprisoned for 20 days for second offense; and pay P50,000 or be jailed for 30 days for third offense.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 07, 2014.

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