Verzosa denies receiving ‘jueteng’ payoff — lawyer

THE camp of the former chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP) yesterday strongly denied allegations that he had received “jueteng payoff” from illegal gambling operators in the country.

The name of former PNP chief Jesus Versoza was included in the list of names that was submitted by retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz during a Senate hearing on jueteng.

Verzosa, speaking through his lawyer Benjamin delos Santos, strongly denied allegations that he had received jueteng pay-off and the list submitted by Cruz has no legal basis.

“General Verzosa vehemently denies receiving jueteng money. The list provided by Archbishop Cruz is not legal proof of accepting jueteng payola,” Delos Santos said in a text message.

Delos Santos, who is also a retired police official, said: “This whole circus is a war between jueteng lords and STL (small-town lotto) operators.”

He said the “holistic solution” to stop jueteng and its derivatives was  submtted by the former PNP chief to Robredo last July 26 and the same was also submitted to Congress on September 6.

Aside from the former PNP chief, those in the list submitted by retired Cruz in the Senate hearing on jueteng includes the name of other national and local government officials either as jueteng lords or operators.

In the list were Pampanga Gov. Baby Pineda, Paul Dy of Isabela, former PNP Intelligence chief  Eugene Martin of Baguio City, Mayor Mauricio Domogan of Baguio City, Danny Soriano of Cagayan, a certain retired General Padilla, Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino and Boy Jalandoni of Bacolod. Anthony Vargas

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