By Alex Romeo R. Fernandez, One Luzon E-NewsMagazine
DAGUPAN CITY – There is no jueteng in Pangasinan.
This was the assurance made by provincial police community relations officer Benjamin Ocomen.
He, however, said that the police are going after bet collectors posing as bookies for jai-alai.
He said that while jai-alai is legal, there are illegal bet collectors who use photocopied betting forms and fake IDs.
In their latest operation, the police yielded some suspects engaged in the illegal activity in San Fabian town. The suspects are now facing criminal charges, he said.
He added that the Philippine National Police (PNP) Anti-Illegal Gambling Special Operations Task Force, which was created last year, is looking into the said illegal operations.
The police was tasked to make at least five operations a month to monitor and stop the activity.
Ocomen’s description of illegal gambling activities in the province was consistent with those made by former Police Provincial Director Rosueto Ricaforte and Dagupan City Police Director Romeo Caramat, Jr., last year.
Last February, Director-General Nicanor Bartolome reinstated the ‘One Strike Policy’ to relieve local police chiefs who will be found negligent of their duties against illegal gambling.
Since P/Supt. Michael M. Nicolas took command of the provincial police office as officer-in-charge, no one in the force has been relieved yet, Ocomen said.#