Saludares and the other suspects denied theywere selling liquor. The liquor were for safekeeping, they stressed. There is an ongoing liquor ban in Iloilo City,too. The sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages are prohibited./PN “Hindipa natin alam kong magkano ang halaga ng lahat na inumin,” saidBalmaceda yesterday. The CIDG carried out the arrests yesterday ataround 11:30 a.m. after receiving information that two trucks loaded with boxesof liquor were heading to Santa Barbara from Iloilo City. The other truck had a vehicle pass for medicalhealth workers from the city government of Iloilo and a home quarantine pass. The windshield of one truck had quarantinepasses from the Department of Trade and Industry and the inter-agency taskforce on the coronavirus disease 2019. ILOILO City – A village councilman and threeothers were arrested by the Criminal Investigation and DetectiveGroup (CIDG) Region 6 in Barangay Agutayan, Santa Barbara, Iloilo fortransporting 500 boxes of liquor. The four suspects face a charge of violationof Executive Order 080 of Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. imposing an enhancedcommunity quarantine (including a liquor ban) and violation of Article 151of the Revised Penal Code (disobedience, usurpation of authority bymisdeclaring cargo). Meanwhile, from what the Santa Barbara policestation so far gathered, the trucks were from Muelle Loney in Iloilo City. ESSENTIAL DRINK? An operative of the Philippine National Police’s Criminal Investigation and Detective Group discovers boxes of liquor inside this truck in Santa Barbara, Iloilo on April 24, 2020. Despite the liquor ban in Iloilo city and province, this truck from the city managed to pass through quarantine control points unhampered; its driver told the police he was transporting “essential goods.” IAN PAUL CORDERO/PN Now in CIDG-6’s custody were Joel SaludaresJr., councilman of Barangay Agutayan; Romnick Suaman and Jan Ron Angelo,drivers of the two trucks; and truck helper Joefil Angelo of BarangayNabitasan, La Paz, Iloilo City. The two trucks were apprehended while parkednear Saludares’ house. There is an ongoing liquor ban in Iloiloprovince due to the enhanced community quarantine. “Nakalusotang dalawang trucks samga quarantine control points kasisinabi ng drivers sa pulis na foodang karga nila. Hindi naman nai-checkng pulis,” according to LieutenantColonel Jun Balmaceda of CIDG-6.