Cebu police gives ultimatum against illegal games-A A +A
Thursday, October 18, 2012
THE police chiefs of 23 local government units in Cebu Province have been given 48 hours to report what they have accomplished in line with the campaign against illegal numbers games.
Cebu Provincial Police Office Director (CPPO) Patrocinio Comendador said the station chiefs failed to submit their accomplishment reports for actions they took against illegal gambling activities in their areas of jurisdiction for the first half of this month.
Comendador said those who have not taken any action, like raids and arrests, against illegal numbers games may be suspended for negligence.
“They should go after illegal gambling no matter who is involved in those unlawful activities,” said Comendador.
He said CPPO is serious about fighting illegal gambling. He cited two police station chiefs who were relieved early this year after they were found to be involved in illegal gambling.
He declined to identify the police officials or the towns they were serving.
Police chiefs that received Comendador’s warning included those assigned in San Fernando, City of Naga, Sibonga, Alcoy, Boljoon, Oslob, Santander, Samboan, Ginatilan, Malabuyoc, Alegria, Alcantara and Ronda in the south.
Those given the warning from the north are Daanbantayan, Madridejos, Sta. Fe, San Francisco, Sogod and Catmon.
The CPPO reported that since Oct. 10, 19 persons have been arrested in relation to illegal numbers games.
Comendador said the most rampant illegal numbers games are masiao and suertres.
The arrest of the 19 suspects yielded P5,405 in cash and one packet of white substance believed to be shabu.
These are based on operations done by police stations in the towns of Barili, Borbon, Liloan, Balamban, Dumanjug, Tabuelan, Argao, Pinamungahan and Compostela, and in the cities of Toledo, Danao and Carcar.
Law enforcers also seized in various operations three motorcycles, one van, two cell phones, 11 ballpens, 73 tally sheets, a notebook, a stapler, three knapsacks, a calculator and rubber bands.
Comendador vowed to strengthen the campaign against illegal gambling.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 18, 2012.