Caloocan steps up anti-jueteng drive
Manila (23 September) -- Caloocan City Mayor Enrico "Recom" Echiverri has ordered the local police force to strengthen its campaign against 'jueteng' and other forms of illegal gambling to rid the city of all illegal vices.
Echiverri told police not to hesitate in pressing charges against personalities found to have links with the illegal numbers game and dissuade capitalists from bringing gambling opportunities in the city.
The Caloocan mayor pointed out that although poor Filipinos find hope in playing and betting on jueteng, it is also being used by some politicians to further their personal interests and get rich.
"Hindi natin kinukunsinti ang sugal na jueteng dahil isa ito sa maling paraan upang kumita sa mabilis na paraan habang maraming pamilya naman ang nawawalan ng ihahain sa kanilang hapag kainan dahil sa pagtaya sa sugal na ito," said the mayor.
Echiverri also warned the local police not to protect the operators of illegal gambling activities in the city, as the local government will not think twice in filing the appropriate charges against them.
"Kung may mga pulis na mapapatunayan na sangkot sa pagpapatakbo ng iligal na sugal sa ating lungsod ay hindi tayo matatakot na maparusahan ang mga ito," he said.
The local chief executive also appealed to his constituents not to patronize 'jueteng' or any illegal numbers game because the lack of bettors would ultimately cause the operations to cease.
Upon receiving this order from Echiverri, elements of the Caloocan City Police Station under Sr. Supt. Jude Santos launched police operations in different areas where they netted three bet collectors of the illegal game 'lotteng'. (PIA-MMIO) [top]