Robredo: Police Can Stop Jueteng

MANILA, Philippines - Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Jesse M. Robredo Thursday reported that jueteng activities in Camarines Sur have finally been put to a complete stop.

"As per report from police stations and Police Intelligence Service (PIS) operatives, small town lottery (STL) operations have totally stopped," said Robredo in a text interview.

Senior Superintendent Procopio Lipana, director of the Camarines Sur police office, told the DILG chief that jueteng operations have stopped since Apri l 10, 2011, when the local franchise holders of STL stopped operations in the entire province.

Still, all cops have been directed to continuously monitor any possible jueteng activities within the area and to immediately conduct raids if they still exist in any part of the province.

"PIS operatives and Provincial Public Safety Company (PPSC) operatives were also ordered to conduct operations in case of any attempt to operate jueteng within their areas of responsibility," said Robredo.

The DILG chief attributed the success of the effort to stop jueteng in Camarines Sur to the operatives of the DILG Internal Security Office as well as to the officers and men of the Camarines Sur PNP office.

"The success of the anti-jueteng campaign in Camarines Sur clearly indicates that it can be done if local police officers and men will it," said Robredo.

"It should be a good example to all other provinces where jueteng and other forms illegal gambling operations exists."

It can be recalled that three simultaneous raids were conducted by the DILG Internal Security Office in the towns of Pili, Calabanga, and Bato.

They were able to arrest 51 suspected "kubradors" and "kabos" and seized "papelitos" and other jueteng paraphernalia.

All of those arrested were employees and were wearing STL ID cards bearing the name of Evenchance Gaming Corporation.

Af ter the raids, Robredo ordered the dismissal of three chiefs of police for failing to curb jueteng within their areas of responsibility - Chief Inspector Benjamin Espana, chief of police of Calabanga town; Chief Inspector Ely Compuesto Jr., chief of police of Pili town; and Senior Inspector Victor E. Azuela, OIC chief of police of Bato town.

The relief orders were carried out based on the PNP's standing "one strike policy" that officers would be sacked if they were remiss in their duty to curb illegal gambling activities within their areas of responsibility.

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