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3 persons arrested for illegal gambling

By RPCRD, Police Regional Office 8
January 17, 2012

CAMP RUPERTO KANGLEON, Palo, Leyte  –  PNP Chief, Director General Nicanor A Bartolome said that the one-strike policy stays against police chiefs who would fail to act against illegal gambling in their areas of responsibilities.

Just recently, separate raids have been conducted throughout the region as the PNP PRO8 intensifies its battle against illegal gambling especially the so-called “swertres”.

At about 6:20PM of January 13, 2012, elements of Tabon-tabon Police Station led by PSInsp Joselito M Villas, chief of police, with four of his personnel were able to arrest Alvin Mondragon Ferreras, of legal age, married, swertres collector of Barangay Jabong, Tabontabon, Leyte. He was caught on the act of collecting tally sheets and bet money. Confiscated from his possession were 4 tally sheets with different number combinations, ball pen, calculator, and bet money amounting to P150 pesos.

On same date at Barangay Basud, San Isidro, Leyte, its MPS led by PO2 Roy Atchuela and PO1 Isidro Lapuz apprehended Pedro Moyakes, 38 years old, married, and a resident of Barangay Hinabuyan, Villaba, Leyte while in actual possession and control three tally sheets with bet money amounting to P225 pesos.

On January 15, 2012, Hinunangan Police led by PSI Castor L Cabilogan, chief of police, together with The Southern Leyte CIDT led by PInsp Ferdinand M Mendoza, Provincial Officer, and three PNCOs has also conducted operations against “swertres” which resulted to the arrest of Wilfredo Limpot Dector, 39 years old, married, and a resident of Barangay Matin-ao, Southern Leyte. Suspect was caught on the act of collecting illegal gambling paraphernalia.

Arrested person together with the illegal gambling paraphernalia was brought to Hinunangan Police Station for proper disposition and for the filing of appropriate charges against them in court.

According to PSSupt Elizar Patano Egloso, Chief, RPCRD, though economic crisis forces ordinary folks to take their chance by betting heavily on illegal numbers game like swertres, last two and last three, but it is still illegal gambling and the Police is duty bound to curb any illegal activity in the community.