Gambling raps filed vs ex-village exec, 3 others-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
CHARGES were filed before the Municipal Trial Court in Cities (MTCC) against a former barangay official and three persons who allegedly engaged in illegal gambling.
Facing charges for violation of the Anti-Illegal Gambling Law and the Anti-Illegal Number Game Act are former barangay administrator Roberto Cuizon Salcedo, Honey Grace Hangad Degamon, Geny Barete Degamon and Lorelie Legamia Debalos. All are residents of Barangay Leon Garcia in Agdao, Davao City.
Prosecutor Serafica Justiniani-Weis found probable cause to charge the four based on the complaint filed by Police Officer 2 (PO2) Edgar Milagrosa Lañohan and PO1 Ericson Ogatis Mandia of Sta. Ana police.
Lañohan and Mandia, in their joint affidavit, said they were tipped by a concerned citizen of the illegal gambling activities of a certain alias Wasnga who was later identified as Salcedo. The informant provided the address of Salcedo prompting policemen to conduct a raid.
Upon reaching the house of Salcedo, they first arrested Debalos who was caught in the act of tallying names of bettors of the illegal gambling game, locally known as ‘last two.’
Recovered from the possession of Debalos were one notebook with names of bettors and their numbers, a tally sheet, a calculator, a ‘last two’ stub, two ballpens and bet money worth P780.
The police officers then proceeded inside the house of Salcedo and saw the latter along with Honey Grace and Geny playing a card game locally known as ‘tong-its.’ Recovered from their possession were a deck of playing cards and bet money worth P370.
Further inspection of the police inside the residence of Salcedo resulted to the seizure of a video-karera machine with P875 worth of bet money inside it.
The suspects are now detained at Sta. Ana Police Station while the seized gambling paraphernalia will be used as evidence against them in court.
Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on September 11, 2013.