People v Cayat; G.R. No. 45987; 05 May 1939; 68 Phil 515

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Accused was sentenced to a fine for violating Act No. 1639 which prohibits a member of a non-Christian tribe “to buy, receive, have in his possession, or drink any ardent spirits, ale, beer, wine, or intoxicating liquors of any kind, other than the so-called native wines and liquors which the members of such tribes have been accustomed themselves to make.”

Whether or not Act No. 1639 is unconstitutional for being violative of the equal protection clause of the Constitution.

NO. The prohibition is unquestionably designed to insure peace and order in and among the non-Christian tribes. It has been the and experience of the past that the free use of highly intoxicating liquors the non-Christian tribes have often resulted in lawlessness and crimes, thereby hampering the efforts of the government to raise their standard of life and civilization.

Judgment is AFFIRMED.

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