Chief, PCR Branch/ PIO, Pampanga PPO
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DATE             :       September 14, 2013

Intensified Drive Against Illegal Gambling

The Pampanga PPO under the leadership of PSSUPT OSCAR D ALBAYALDE, Acting Provincial Director successfully conducted operations against illegal gambling throughout the province. Over the weekend, five personalities involved in maintaining/operating illegal games were arrested through the conduct of intensified operations against all forms of illegal gambling.

Last Saturday, September 7, 2013, elements of Arayat Municipal Police Station under the supervision of PSUPT CHARLIE CABRADILLA, COP, conducted an operation which resulted to the arrest of two “Drop Ball” operators named Danilo Ignacio y Roque, 42, resident of Baliuag Bulacan and Rodel Manican y Gadlan, 43, from Talavera, Nueva Ecija. Two sets of “Drop Ball” paraphernalia owned by Rading Angeles of Lapaz Tarlac and several cash money in different denomination were confiscated during the raid. A criminal case of Violation of PD 1602 (Illegal Gambling) as Amended by RA 8297 is being prepared against the arrested operators.

Yesterday, at about 10:00PM, personnel from Arayat MPS once again conducted an operation against illegal gambling activities that led to the arrest of three operators of “Drop Ball” game namely Jayson Simbulan y Galang, 29, resident of Arayat; Jenalyn Valiente y Salonga, 19 and Mary Jane Garcia y Fernando, 23 both from Cabiao, Nueva Ecija. Confiscated from their possession is a set of “Drop Ball” equipment owned by Armando Fernando who is a resident of Cabiao, Nueva Ecija. Said suspects and confiscated items were brought to the office of Arayat MPS for proper disposition. Arayat MPS is preparing a case for Violation of PD 1602 as Amended by RA 9287 against the apprehended operators and to be filed at the Provincial Prosecutor Office, City of San Fernando.

In a report sent by Mexico MPS yesterday, at about 8:40AM, a concerned citizen reported through text that a “Video Karera” was operating at Brgy. San Patricio. Under the supervision of PSUPT SAMUEL SEVILLA, OIC, joint elements of Mexico MPS and RPSB3 conducted an operation at the said place. The team were able to confiscate one unit of Video Karera allegedly owned by Alberto Cordero y Culala from Brgy San Pablo, Mexico. Confiscated item was brought to the office of Mexico MPS for proper disposition. A case for Violation of PD 1602 is being readied to be filed against the maintainer of the “Video Karera”.

These series of intensified operations against illegal gambling activities were the result of hard work and dedication of Pampanga PPO in lessening/eradicating such criminal activities throughout the province.

PD ALBAYALDE assures that these operations will continue without let-up for it also affects the society most especially the youth sector. This drive against illegal gambling would be best described as a ‘shared responsibility and accountability’ between the Police and all sectors of the community. Hence, the Pampanga Police is encouraging the public not to indulge in such illegal activities.