Mayor shuffles chiefs of police

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Saturday, December 11, 2010


LA TRINIDAD, Benguet -- Top cops in the province went through a reshuffle.

Chiefs of police from Atok, Buguias, La Trinidad, Sablan and Kapangan towns were relieved to give way to new leadership.

Provincial Director Wilben Mayor denied the reshuffling was part of the Philippine National Police (PNP)’s one-strike policy on illegal gambling.

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The one-strike policy means the relief of a police chief if other law enforcement units manage to discover and conduct anti-gambling raids in his town or city, without prejudice to the imposition of appropriate administrative liability against him.

Mayor said this is not the case of the five relieved officers; instead he attributed the change to police procedure and tenure.

Provincial director Wilben Mayor is keeping a watch over both Mankayan and Buguias towns for jueteng.

Provincial police have been monitoring towns north of Benguet not only for jueteng but for all forms of gambling.

Buguias town has been in the limelight for apparent proliferation of illegal gambling activities, which have not stopped despite orders to cease operations, irking Benguet Governor Nestor Fongwan.

The towns monitored are known to be trading centers filled with businessmen who have made betting their pastime, earning the moniker “La Vegas of the North.”

La Trinidad recently became the flashpoint in jai alai activities in the region with the set up of a wagering station in Kilometer 3. The operators are armed with permits cloaking the operation with legality, making it virtually untouchable for police. (Ma. Elena Catajan)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 12, 2010.

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