Police nab 1,153 persons in anti-gambling raids

July 3, 2020

LEGAZPI CITY --- The campaign versus illegal gambling operation went on full throttle in Bicol during the first half of this year with the arrest of 1,153 persons and the confiscation of nearly P200,000 worth of gambling bets, the report from  Philippine National Police (PNP) regional office said.

Brig. Gen. Anthony Alcaneses Bicol police regional director  in an interview said the arrested persons were engaged  in various illegal gambling activities such as jueteng, the leading  illegal number games in Bicol, STL bookies, cockfighting , mahjong, card and bingo games and cara y cruz.

The arrest and confiscation of gambling bets was the result of 326 police anti-illegal gambling operations including the filing of 277 cases with various prosecution offices during the period January to June this year.
Alcaneses  said  to strictly implement the campaign versus illegal gambling  he reiterated his warning  all police provincial directors and town and city police chiefs  that  the standing “one strike and no take policy,” would be enforce  assuring that “heads will roll” once they fail to curb all sorts of illegal activities  in their respective areas.

“They shall  immediately be relieved from their post and will be charged administratively if the evidence warrants,” Alcaneses said .

The movement restrictions brought about by the quarantine measures as well observance of curfew had a great impact in the illegal gambling operations. Reports have also been coming in that despite efforts to restart, people seem to have lost interest in the illegal numbers game due mainly to intensified police operations and the drastic change in everyday life.

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