‘Jueteng’ money to flood brgy polls

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) is verifying reports that big-time “jueteng” operators will try to influence the outcome of the upcoming barangay and youth council elections next month by financing the candidacy of some local politicians.

PNP chief Director General Raul Bacalzo yesterday said that aside from political “warlords,” they are also monitoring illegal gambling operators who may try to influence the outcome of the coming polls.

“We are now monitoring over 2,300 barangays all over the country and we are monitoring 107 private armed groups in the country,” Bacalzo.

But he quickly added: “But remember, these are subject to continuing validation. It may change from day to day.”

The PNP chief said that after intensifying the campaign against all forms of illegal gambling two weeks ago, jueteng operations in most part of the country have subsided.

“Reports from the regions would indicate that illegal gambling operations have decreased or all of them have lied low (in their operations) and almost all of them (illegal gambling operators) have stopped,” Bacalzo said.

The PNP chief said police operations against illegal gambling activity will continue and the “one-strike policy” on police commanders that would should laxity in the campaign will be enforced.

“So far, it appears that since the campaign, the chiefs of police have been cooperating with this (Camp Crame) headquarters and the campaign against all forms of illegal gambling operations,” Bacalzo said.  Anthony Vargas

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