Gloria and Dato Arroyo co-author "Anti-Underage Drinking Act of 2011"
ABS-CBNNews.com reports that Camarines Sur Representative Diosdado "Dato" Arroyo has filed House Bill 5101 or the "Anti-Underage Drinking Act of 2011."
ABS-CBNNews.com reports that Camarines Sur Representative Diosdado "Dato" Arroyo has filed House Bill 5101 or the "Anti-Underage Drinking Act of 2011," which prohibits minors from drinking alcohol and penalizes those who provide them easy access to such products. The bill’s co-author is the congressman’s mother, former president-turned Pampanga Rep. Gloria Arroyo.
In a statement, the younger Arroyo explained, "We have to institutionalize ways to require offenders to provide services that benefit society in a more constructive way and introduce the idea of ethical action into the value system of the perpetrator." He added that "minors involved in cases of violence, sexual and drug abuse as well as suicide could be traced, among others, to underage drinking." He also pointed out that "it is very easy for minors today to buy beer and alcohol as these are readily available in groceries and convenience stores."
If the bill is passed, minors violating the it will be required to appear before school groups to explain the dangers of alcohol abuse, among other community service activities. Meanwhile, establishments selling alcohol to minors will be penalized with a fine of P10,000 for the first offense, and P50,000 and revocation of license for second and repeat offenses.
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