MANILA, Philippines – Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse Robredo on Monday said that five police chiefs from Camarines Norte, Sorsogon, and Pangasinan were relieved from their posts for their failure to stop “jueteng” operations.
Relieved were Senior Inspector Timothy S. Arciso Jr. of Sta. Elena, Camarines Norte; Superintendent Allan O. Ramos of Daet City; Senior Inspector Dominick S. Poblete of Mapandan, Pangasinan; and Chief Inspector Erwin Doma of Castilla town and Senior Inspector Joselito Gapan, of Juban town, both in Sorsogon.
He said that agents of the DILG’s Office of Internal Security have conducted successful anti-gambling raids in the police chief’s areas of jurisdiction.
The DILG agents arrested 13 suspected employees of the Meridien Vista Gaming Corp. (MVGC) while in the act of operating “jueteng” on June 28 in Purok 14, Poblacion, Sta. Elena town, in violation of Presidential Decree 1602 (as amended by Republic Act 9287).
On June 29, 16 MVGC personnel were nabbed while operating “jueteng” at Purok 4, Barangay. Lag-on, Daet.
Assorted gambling paraphernalia and cash bets amounting to P4,050 were seized in the Sta. Elena raid while P8,551.25 were seized in the Daet raid.
All the 29 arrested MVGC gambling personnel were charged for illegal gambling before the Camarines Sur provincial prosecutors’ office last June 29.
During the July 9, anti-illegal gambling raid in Mapandan town in Pangasinan, the DILG agents nabbed six gambling personnel, seized gambling paraphernalia, and cash bets amounting to P7,544.
The six suspects had been charged with violation of Presidential Decree 1602 as amended before the Pangasinan provincial prosecutors office located in Dagupan City.
In Sorsogon, DILG agents also arrested 41 gambling personnel, seized assorted jueteng paraphernalia, and confiscated P23,280 cash bets.
All the arrested suspects had been charged with violation of Presidential Decree 1602 and were temporarily detained at the Castilla and Juban PNP stations waiting for the commitment order from the local courts.
“We at the DILG and PNP have given ample and stern warnings to all PNP provincial directors and Chiefs of Police in various provinces, towns and cities in the country that we will implement the one-strike policy on illegal gambling against them,” Robredo said.
“And these five police chiefs from the various towns in Camarines Norte, Pangasinan and Sorsogon apparently have been either remiss in their jobs or have defied our policy. Others who will be remiss on their jobs or defy that policy shall suffer the same fate. And we will not hesitate in ordering their relief,” he said.
The article is published on July 23 with the Philippine Star.