122 gambling machines to be destroyed-A A +A
Saturday, September 28, 2013
THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) seized 122 gambling machines from May to September this year.
Chief Insp. Romeo Santander, head of CCPO’s City Intelligence Branch (CIB), said the machines will be destroyed on Tuesday.
“This will serve as a warning that we don’t tolerate this. We aim to make Cebu an illegal gambling-free city,” he told Sun.Star Cebu.
Eleven police stations and three special police units confiscated 62 video carrera machines, 56 moli-moli machines and four bingo slot machines.
The Mambaling Police Station confiscated the most number of machines with 34, followed by the CIB with 32 and the San Nicolas Police Station with 20.
The Guadalupe Police Station, however, is the only station that hasn’t confiscated any.
Santander, during the interview, said the machines will be destroyed with the help of Police Regional Office (PRO) 7 Director Danilo Constantino.
He said they plan to give the coins from the machines to charity.
He said the CIB confiscated most of the machines in Barangays Ermita, Duljo-Fatima and Labangon.
They also arrested several people, but most of them were bettors who could easily pay the fine of P500 for their release.
Meanwhile, no one was arrested in Cebu City and Cebu Province after the Commission on Elections gun ban started on midnight last Saturday, which also signaled the start of the election period for the Oct. 28 barangay polls.
Santander said they conducted simultaneous checkpoint operations yesterday to intensify their fight against loose firearms.
Supt. Rodolfo Albotra, head of Cebu Provincial Police Office’s Provincial Intelligence Branch, said he has not heard that anyone was arrested in Cebu Province.
The Comelec said only police and military personnel are allowed to bear firearms under the gun ban, which lasts until Nov. 28.
Also exempted in the gun ban are the president, vice president, senators, commissioners, the ombudsman, investigators and prosecutors.
Under the Omnibus Election Code, violators of the gun ban face imprisonment of up to six years, disqualification from public office and deprivation of the right to vote. DSM
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on September 28, 2013.