25 nabbed in anti-illegal gambling operations

PANGASINAN – Twenty persons were arrested in ten separate operations conducted by the police in this province from July 16 to 22 as part of   Police Regional Office 1’s all-out campaign against all forms of illegal gambling.

Police Chief Superintendent Franklin Jesus B. Bucayu, head of PRO1, said the successful arrest of the 25 “cabos” (table managers) and “cobradors” (bet collectors) is a result of PRO1’s massive and intensified anti-illegal gambling campaign in keeping with the directive of the PNP national headquarters.

He said the weeklong operations were simultaneously effected by the special anti-illegal gambling team composed of personnel from the Regional Intelligence Division of PRO1, 1st Regional Public Safety Battalion (1st RPSB), 1st Regional Criminal Investigative and Detective Unit (RCIDU1), Regional Intelligence Unit 1 (RIU1), and Pangasinan Police Provincial Office.

Confiscated from the suspects were several illegal gambling paraphernalia which included twenty-five (25) bundles of paper marked “Jai Alai” with number combinations, “jueteng papelitos” and bet money amounting to P5,462.50 in different denomination.

PCSupt Bucayu added that those arrested were former employees of the 35 MVGC Jai-Alai Gaming Stations who continued to conduct guerilla operations after the said gaming corporation voluntarily stopped and closed their off-fronton betting stations last July 11 on orders of the MVGC administrative officer identified as a certain Angelito De Villa, alias Boyet.

Charges were filed against the arrested persons for violation of Republic Act 9287, otherwise known as an Act Increasing the Penalties for Illegal Numbers Game, Amending Certain Provisions of Presidential Decree 1602.

Bucayu pledged to double their efforts to contain “jueteng” and other prohibited numbers games in his area of jurisdiction.

“We will continuously conduct intensified operations to totally stamp out illegal gambling not only in Pangasinan province but in the entire Ilocos region,” he said.#