Motel ‘short time’ stays, says SC

Motels in Manila and their patrons have reason to celebrate two weeks before Valentine’s Day.

The Supreme Court yesterday declared as unconstitutional a Manila city ordinance banning “short time” admission in motels, saying it violates the rights of both motel operators and their clients – especially married couples.

“The ordinance needlessly restrains the operation of the businesses of petitioners as well as restricting the rights of their patrons without sufficient justification. The Ordinance rashly equates wash rates and renting out a room more than twice a day with immorality without accommodating innocuous intentions,” stated the High Court in a decision penned by Associate Justice Dante Tinga.

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