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MANILA, Philippines -- Five police chiefs in the provinces of Camarines Norte, Sorsogon and Pangasinan were relieved for failing to stop operations of the illegal numbers game "jueteng."
Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo ordered the relief of Senior Inspector Timothy Arciso Jr. of Sta. Elena, Camarines Norte; Superintendent Allan Ramos of Daet City; Senior Inspector Dominick Poblete of Mapandan, Pangasinan; Chief Inspector Erwin Doma of Castilla town and Senior Inspector Joselito Gapan, of Juban town, both in Sorsogon.
Robredo ordered the police chiefs relieved on the recommendation of his Senior Police Assistant, Senior Superintendent Frank Penaflor Jr. after agents from the Department of Interior and Local Government's Office of Internal Security conducted anti-gambling raids in the areas where the sacked officer were posted.
“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.
He said the relieved police chiefs were “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 added.
On June 28, 13 persons allegedly employed by the Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation (MVGC) were arrested by OIS-DILG agents in Purok 14, Poblacion, Sta. Elena town.
The following day, 16 employees, also of the MVGC, were arrested in Purok 4, Barangay Lag-on, Daet.
Both raids netted gambling paraphernalia and cash bets of P4,050 in Sta. Elena and P8,551.25 in Daet.
In Mapandan town, DILG agents arrested six persons, seized gambling paraphernalia and bets of P7,544.00 while in Sorsogon, 41 persons were arrested and P23, 280 in bets seized.