THE Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) intensified its campaign against illegal gambling including cockfighting in Bacolod City.
Police Lieutenant Colonel Ariel Pico, spokesperson of BCPO, said Tuesday, February 25, that all station commanders were already directed to intensify its campaign against illegal gambling within their areas of jurisdiction.
This, after Philippine National Police (PNP) chief general Archie Gamboa earlier directed all regional directors to stop jueteng, an illegal numbers game, and all forms of illegal gambling.
“We don’t have jueteng here, but we intensified our campaign against illegal cards game, mahjong, and illegal cockfighting among others,” Pico said.
He said if the village wants to hold cockfighting during their fiestas, they should hold it in licensed cockpit.
“The barangay (village) officials should coordinate with the BCPO to clarify such directive to avoid sanction and penalties,” he added.
Pico noted that Bacolod City has two licensed cockpits.
Pico said since last year, hundreds of violators were arrested in various barangays for illegal gambling.
He said the station commanders should double their efforts to address not only the illegal gambling, but all forms of illegal activities.
Gamboa earlier warned that all those who would fail to comply will be relieved from their posts and be placed on floating status.
Several police station commanders in Luzon were already sacked for failure to stop illegal gambling. (MAP)