Anti-gambling ops on

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Thursday, June 26, 2014


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Provincial police director Rodolfo Azurin assured the drive against illegal gambling is still on.

Azurin said illegal gambling activities are still ongoing but police are trying to make a dent into dismantling operations.

Azurin said activities in gambling include card games and activities usually hosted by groups during fiestas and local gatherings.

Gambling during wakes is also usually done in communities, making it hard to monitor and apprehend.

Azurin admitted Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation continues to give police a problem, with the jai alai operator still roaming the province.

Azurin said the company still holds a permit from Sablan town, legitimizing their operations, amidst fears the company is a front for the illegal numbers game, jueteng.

Azurin said the only way Meridian can be stripped of its license to operate is for courts to decide on the pending case.

Azurin said gambling activities along Buguias and Mankayan, tagged as the “Las Vegas of the North” are also being monitored with marching orders to their respective chiefs of police to take down illegal activities.

Azurin is also calling on the cooperation of the community to thwart illegal gambling in their areas.

For the region meanwhile, a fisherman and a college student were arrested while playing card games at the vacant lot owned by Judge Loreto Seares in Brgy. Calaba South, Bangued, Abra last week.

The suspects were identified as Carmelo Blansa Almazan, 45, and Princeton Valera Cariño, 19, both residents of Brgy. Calaba, Bangued, Abra. Confiscated from them were two sets of playing cards and cash amounting to P400.

Almasan and Cariño together with the confiscated items were brought to Bangued police station for documentation prior to filing of appropriate charges against them.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on June 27, 2014.

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