Local government units should be at the forefront of efforts to implement presumptive President Rodrigo Duterte’s nationwide ban on alcohol and smoking, a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines official said.
But CBCP Episcopal Commission on Mutual Relations chairman and Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma also said this will be a challenge as towns and cities may have their local ordinances on the matter.
“I think iwan na natin yan sa local government units to implement it. Ang layunin is good for pro–health and for peace and order siguro. It should be the local level consultation, sapagkat yun nga magkakaiba ang kailangan ng mga communities,” he said on Church-run Radyo Veritas.
Earlier, Duterte said he wants to expand on a nationwide scale the ban on alcoholic drinks and on smoking in public places.
He had implemented such bans in Davao City to ensure peace and order.
Ledesma also wished good luck for Duterte and asked the public to give him the chance to make a difference.
“We wish him good luck because he was trying to make a new beginning tsaka we should give him a room for what he can be done. Dapat ipatupad niya rin yung rule of law, peace and order na kanyang naipangako but it should always be done by consultation according to the constitutional rights of people also,” he said.
He also said the CBCP hopes Duterte’s programs will be based on the rule of law.
“Again, we hope that he will continue to build a program with the rule of law,” he added.