P1-M worth of slot machines destroyed-A A +A
Monday, April 7, 2014
A TOTAL of 73 confiscated slot machines with an estimated value of P1 million were destroyed in full public view on Monday.
The slot machines were destroyed by local government and police officials in front of the Zamboanga City Hall just after Monday’s flag raising ceremony.
Zamboanga City police officer-in-charge Angelito Casimiro said the slot machines were confiscated in the different sari-sari stores but the owners denied they owned the gadget.
Casimiro said they forewarned the store owners that they will be also charged if and when further confiscation and apprehension of slot machines will be made in their stores.
He said two operators of some of the confiscated slot machines were already charged in Court.
He said they have also confiscated P4,400 and that the money was turned over to the City Treasurer’s Office.
Local police’ spokesman Chief Inspector Ariel Huesca said that a second hand slot machine is worth P12,000 while the new one is P18,000 each.
Huesca hinted they already have information on the manufacturers of the slot machines but they have yet to gather more evidence to be able to file case against them.
Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar has commended the local police headed by Casimiro for the continued drive against all forms of illegal gambling in the city.