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Jueteng stops in Pangasinan - PNP

By Danny O Sagun

Dagupan City (16 September) -- Jueteng operation in Pangasinan has completely stopped, the provincial police office reported KBP forum Thursday.

This developed as Gov. Amado T. Espino, Jr. directed Tuesday the provincial police office under Sr. Supt. Rosueto Ricaforte to intensify its campaign against illegal gambling particularly the numbers game jueteng.

Supt. Geraldo Roxas, police-community relations head, said that Ricaforte in turn ordered all police stations to carry out the governor's directive. "Walang tumataya ngayon at wala ring nagpapataya," Roxas said during the KBP Forum Thursday. He urged bettors to stop placing bets to discourage operators and maintainers. "Huwag nang tumaya para wala ring magpataya."

"Puspusan ngayon ang paghuli sa sinumang nagpapataya," he said. Asked why police operatives pound on the lowly bet collectors and not the operators or maintainers, he explained that evidence is usually found on the collectors like papelitos, ballpens and bets. "Kitangkita kasi ang ebidensya sa kanila. Pero kung may makapagtuturo kung sino ang mga maintainers or operators huhulihin namin," he said.

Earlier, Espino cried foul over allegations that he had tolerated jueteng operations in the province. "Sweeping naman yong statement na tino-tolerate natin yan," he was quoted as saying.

Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza has said that jueteng exists in a place if the mayor or governor allows it. He claimed that his city has been jueteng-free since he assumed office.

Illegal gambling became a hot issue anew when retired Dagupan-Lingayen Archbishop Oscar Cruz revealed that two ranking government officials close to President Aquino have been receiving protection money. The prelate also disclosed that lower-ranked officials and even some priests also benefit from jueteng payola.

Whistler-blower Sandra Cam, for her part, bared that protection money gets to police and local government officials.

Roxas noted that the campaign against illegal gambling is just one of the various concerns being attended to by the police. (PIA Pangasinan) [top]

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