Ban implemented following Smallville Complex shooting
Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas said he plans on meeting with local businessmen regarding the proposed repeal of the city’s liquor ban, which prohibits the sale of liquor and other intoxicating drinks after 2:00 a.m.
The policy came about after an incident in December 2017 at nightlife hotspot, the Smallville Complex, located in the city’s Mandurriao district. According to reports, 24-year-old Rey Myr Tan was walking around the complex with friends around 5:35 a.m. when they were approached by a vehicle carrying three individuals. The victim was reportedly shot three times in the head.
In response, then-Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa III issued an executive order mandating all city bars, restaurants, night clubs, and the like to close at 2:00 a.m. on a nightly basis.
“The unregulated dispensation of liquor and other intoxicating drinks, even during [the] wee hours of the morning and daytime, [results] in improper and harmful conduct and behavior of consumers,” the order read.
“I am waiting for bar operators and owners for their commitment if they can assure public safety and peace and order,” Treñas stressed. “The city police ensured that they are in control of the situation.”/WDJ