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Mayor warns stores selling cigarettes, liquor to minors

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Store owners caught selling cigarettes and liquor to minors in this city will face stern sanctions and possible imprisonment, Mayor Edgardo Pamintuan said.

Pamintuan said the City Government will employ stringent measures against vices to save the youths.

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At the same time, the mayor is also set to certify a proposed ordinance prohibiting the selling and consumption of cigarettes and liquor to minors.

The ordinance would amend Section 4A.42.1 of City Ordinance No. 303, Series 2011 otherwise known as the Gender and Development (GAD) Code.

He said based on Chapter IV, Article 4 of the GAD Code under the Child Welfare Code, the sale of any brand of cigarettes or any kind of liquor or intoxicating drinks to persons below 18 years old is strictly prohibited.

“Any person, whether manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer, found to be selling cigarettes or liquor to minors shall be held liable; the same with the person found sending a minor on an errand to buy any of the prohibited articles,” Pamintuan said.

Pamintuan said the City Government has received reports that some high school students were engaged in “pot and drinking sessions” where they mix illegal drug substances with alcoholic drinks.

“It is but essential for the City Government to take further steps in ensuring the protection of minors by implementing a comprehensive program on the prohibition of selling cigarettes and liquor to children,” the mayor said.

The mayor called the attention of barangay officials and the Angeles City Police Office (ACPO) for them to put more teeth into the city’s ordinance prohibiting the sale of cigarettes and liquor to minors.

If approved, penalties for violation of the ordinance (for the manufacturer, wholesaler or retailer) are as follows: first offense, a fine of P1,000 and/or imprisonment of five days to a maximum of ten days; second offense, a fine of P5,000 with imprisonment of 11 days to 20 days; and third offense, automatic cancellation or revocation of business permits or licenses along with the immediate closure of the business establishment with imprisonment of 21 days to 30 days.
Parents of minors found violating the provision of the said ordinance shall be penalized with a fine not exceeding P1,000 or imprisonment of not more than five days.

Penalties for minors found violating the provision of the proposed ordinance: first offense, stern warning and reminder of legal consequences of succeeding violations; second offense, attendance by the minor and his parents or legal guardian of seminars at the City Social Welfare and Development Office and third and succeeding offenses: a fine of P1,000 or detention of not more than 30 days in the CSWDO Holding Center for minors.

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