146 ‘jueteng’ bet collectors nabbed

THE Philippine National Police (PNP) has arrested 142 persons and seized P61,000 in bets after a two-week drive against illegal “jueteng.”

Records from the PNP’s Central Operation Center (COC) revealed yesterday that Central Luzon, which is composed of the provinces of Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, Nueva Ecija and Zambales, has the most number of persons arrested with 30.

This was followed by the Southern Tagalog, which is made up of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon, with about 29 persons arrested.

The two regions are known to be “jueteng hubs” in Luzon.

Most of those arrested were small-time operators and jueteng bet collectors and 46 cases were filed before the courts against those arrested.

PNP spokesman Senior Supt. Agrimero Cruz Jr. said the operations showed proof that the national police are serious in its campaign against illegal gambling activities.

Cruz said a town police chief in Nueva Ecija had been relieved from his post on Wednesday for failing to act against illegal gambling operations in his area of jurisdiction.

He identified the relieved police officer as Chief Insp. Peter Madria, the chief of police of Cabiao town.  Madria is the first victim of the one-strike police imposed by the PNP against its men who will be sleeping on the job.  Anthony Vargas

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