Police: Jueteng still alive in Valley-A A +A
Thursday, September 26, 2013
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Jueteng operations still abound in the Valley, said local police chief Byron Allatog.
Despite efforts to clean the streets of illegal gambling Allatog said guerilla type operations still proliferate in the town capital.
"Gambling is still here, there are reports of guerilla operations reaching us," he reported.
However, Allatog said the drive to stop all forms of gambling is still on despite the resurgence of sporadic operations. "We will still arrest them; the standing order is still in effect," the Valley top cop stressed.
Allatog said the recent arrest Monday was a lone bet collector at the trading post area.
Joint personnel of the Criminal Investigation Detection Group and La Trinidad police nabbed 43-year-old Cesar Legaspi Limpayos on the act of collecting bets at the La Trinidad Public Market.
Limpayos, a resident of Rocky Side, Lubas, La Trinidad was caught with seven pieces of booklets bearing the Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation logos; one piece black ballpen; 1 piece tipster (ligaho/kalagan); and cash bet amounting to P700 in different denominations.
Limpayos was brought to the local police station for documentation as cases are being prepared to be filed against him.
Allatog said gambling hotspots in the valley include areas within the trading post, Lubas, Betag, Balili and Pico. "It is mostly at the Central Business District where there are jueteng bets being collected," he said.
But he assured only bet collecting is being done in the Valley saying there are no actual draws being done.
Allatog also said illegal games of drop ball and salisi during wakes have likewise halted since the strong stance of the chief executive.
To date the Cordillera police has arrested 93 suspects region wide in its drive against illegal gambling with police filing 35 cases against gambling violators.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on September 27, 2013.