Village chief flees raid, 6 other people caught-A A +A
Saturday, August 31, 2013
POLICE arrested six people and confiscated 13 vehicles allegedly used in an illegal numbers game in a raid in Barangay Lamintak Norte, Medellin, Cebu last Thursday.
The team of operatives from the Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB), however, failed to arrest Lamintak Norte Barangay Captain Rene Olivar, who was the subject of the anti-illegal gambling operation.
Olivar allegedly eluded arrest when the PIB operatives conducted the raid at 8:30 a.m. Insp. Armando Labora of PIB said Olivar was the subject of the operation. The village chief was included in the list of suspected financiers involved in the illegal numbers game.
Citing intelligence information, Labora said Olivar operates in the northern part of Cebu.
The PIB team led by Senior Insp. Leo Logroño reportedly caught Olivar and the other suspects tallying numbers in makeshift houses under a tree in Barangay Lamintak Norte.
Olivar, together with several other men, was able to run away before the police got near them. A chase ensued, but the police operatives lost them in the process.
The arrested suspects are Rogelio Mangubat, 54; Teodoro Yurag, 40; Alfredo Yurag, 27; Monalisa Lanurias, 32; Michael Yuson, 47; and Rosabella Gulfan, 36.
Confiscated from them were gambling paraphernalia, such as big boxes of tally sheets, blank stubs, ballpens, calculators and P2,300 cash believed to be gambling proceeds.
Twelve motorcycles and a multicab were also recovered by the police. These vehicles were believed to have been utilized in the illegal operations.
Mangubat, when interviewed by reporters, said he worked as an usher because he can’t find a regular job.
Charges for violation of anti-illegal gambling law will be filed against the suspects.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 31, 2013.