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18 ‘bookies’ collectors face illegal gambling raps

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• GILBERT P. BAYORAN

The police filed initial charges against 18 “bookies” collectors, for violation of RA 9287, or illegal gambling, in Negros Occidental, as a heightened campaign against all forms of illegal gambling was ordered by no less that PBrig. Gen. Jack Wanky, regional police director of Negros Occidental.

“Bookies” is an illegal numbers game that uses winning numbers from small town lottery (STL) draws of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

The 18 respondents were nabbed in separate operations of the police in the municipalities of Candoni, San Enrique, E. B. Magalona, Cauayan, as well as the cities of Escalante City, Bago, La Carlota, Sipalay, and Victorias, all in Negros Occidental, over the past several months.

Police also recovered P8,586 in cash bets, PCSO tally sheets, Super Lucky Beagler Inc. identification cards, among other items.

RA 9287,which increases penalties for illegal numbers games in the country, aims to eradicate these activities and punish those involved, including bettors, personnel, and government officials, while also providing protection for witnesses and incentives for law enforcement officers.

Bettors may be imprisoned for 30 to 90 days, while personnel or staff of illegal numbers game operations face imprisonment for 6 years and  to 8 years, and collectors or agents may be imprisoned for 8 years and day to 10 years.

Wanky has vowed to maintain relentless efforts against illegal gambling activities.

He also urged all police commanders in Western Visayas to intensify their enforcement campaigns.

“Those who operate illegally should be continually subject to law enforcement operations,” he stressed.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) and the PCSO have partnered to intensify the campaign against illegal gambling activities nationwide by enforcing the “one strike and no-take policy.”

In Negros Occidental, the widespread operations of “bookies” has been the subject of complaints by the PCSO.

The bookies or collectors are reported to be part of a syndicate that operates the illegal numbers game in Negros Occidental, using STL draws of the PCSO.*

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