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Police provincial director, 4 town police chiefs sacked for failure to curb ‘jueteng’

LEGAZPI CITY (4 April) -- The national police chief has ordered the immediate relief of the provincial police director in Camarines Sur and the town police chiefs of the municipalities of Ragay, Buhi, Tinambac, and Nabua of said province, for their failure to stop the operations of “jueteng”, the illegal numbers game, in their respective areas.

Ordered relieved from their posts were Police Supt. Romeo Mapalo, Camarines Sur provincial police director; P/Senior Inspector Gerry Ladia, Ragay police chief; , P/Chief Inspector Cerrilo Reyes, Buhi police chief; P/Inspectors Winnie Lasal, Tinambac police chief; and Julian Orbit, Nabua police chief.

Police Chief Sup’t. Ricardo Padilla, Bicol police regional director, in a press conference at Camp Simeon Ola here, said the police officials were sacked after an anti-jueteng task force from CIDG Manila discovered that jueteng operations still exist in their respective areas of concern.

Padilla said their relief is in consonance with the strict implementation of the “1-3-2 Strike Policy” of PNP Director-General Oscar Calderon in a memorandum dated May 8, 2006 and as reiterated by current memo orders dated January 26, this year; and Aug. 16, 2006.

The Manila based raiding team collared a total of 26 jueteng collectors with P5,323.75 in cash money from bet collections including jueteng paraphernalia in the four separate anti-illegal gambling operations in said province.

The series of anti-illegal gambling operations took place last April 1, in Bgy. Sta Cruz, Tinambac, March 20 in Bgy. Paloyon, Nabua, on March 6 in Bgy. San Ramon, Buhi and Feb. 13 in Bgy GRS, Ragay town.

Cases for violation of RA 9287 were filed in various municipal trial courts in the province.

Padilla said that all these anti-illegal gambling operations were undertaken in close coordination with his office and Camarines Sur Gov. Luis Raymund Villafuerte who wrote the PNP Chief about his on-going campaign against illegal activities specifically Jueteng operations that are rampant in the towns of Camarines Sur. (PIA) [top]

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