FOLLOWING the arrests of two collectors of illegal small town lottery (STL) operations in Bacolod City last week, the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office (Nocppo) will also look into the possibility that similar activity is also being conducted in the province.

Nocppo spokesperson Judesess Catalogo said yesterday, August 9, that they will coordinate with the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) in Negros Occidental to ascertain the number of legal STL operators in the province.

“We will also coordinate with them (GAB) so we will know how many renewed their licenses (to operate) since their renewal should be done annually,” Catalogo noted.

He assured that once they already have the list, they will announce who are the legal STL operators in Negros Occidental as of August this year.

Asked if they have monitored illegal STL operations or bookies lately, Catalogo said there was none.

Despite the fact that there were no illegal STL operations monitored, the provincial police office reminded those who are into this kind of activity to stop.

“They need to conform with the standards and requirements of the GAB like the wearing of uniforms and the identification cards of the bet collectors working for legal STL operators,” the Nocppo spokesperson stressed.

Catalogo also warned that they will run after those who are protecting illegal STL operators in Negros Occidental.

Earlier, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is warning government officials against coddling and supporting illegal operations of STL in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental.

Lawyer Renoir Baldovino, agent-in-charge of NBI-Bacolod, said Monday, August 8, that the illegal STL operations in the city have been ongoing for about a month already based on the intelligence report that they have gathered.*