War on gam­bling draws first blood

Manila Bulletin - - Luzon News - By FRANCO G. REGALA

CAMP OLIVAS, Pam­panga — Po­lice stepped up its war on il­le­gal gam­bling in Cen­tral Lu­zon the past week, arresting nine sus­pects in three prov­inces and post­ing the first fa­tal­ity in the new anti-crime cam­paign with the death of a “jueteng” op­er­a­tor who al­legedly shot it out with law­men in Cand­aba, this prov­ince.

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Amador V. Cor­pus, Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice 3 (PRO3) re­gional di­rec­tor, iden­ti­fied the slain sus­pect only by his alias, “Barak,” who al­legedly died af­ter trad­ing shots with a po­lice raid­ing team in Si­tio Dos, Barangay Ba­hay Pare in Cand­aba.

Two of Barak’s al­leged co­horts – a cer­tain “Paul” and one “Arnold,” also shot it out with po­lice but man­aged to elude ar­rest, said Cor­pus.

He said po­lice ar­rested other al­leged as­so­ciates of the sus­pects, who were later iden­ti­fied as Lili­beth Mar­i­ano Yam­bao, 40; Mano­lito Dela Cruz Vil­lorente, 48; and Vic­torino Bu­laon Dela Cruz, 57; all of Barangay Ba­hay Pare, Cand­aba; and Reg­gie Roberto Bernardino, 46; and Paul An­thony Mun­sayac Ig­na­cio, 22, both of Bal­i­uag, Bu­la­can.

The team col­lected a .45-cal­iber pis­tol, bul­let cas­ings, jueteng para­pher­na­lia (pa­peli­tos), and cash in var­i­ous de­nom­i­na­tions.

Last Septem­ber 12, a sep­a­rate oper­a­tion in the City of San Fer­nando re­sulted in the ar­rest of jueteng bet col­lec­tor El­iza Dolores Calaquian, 34, mar­ried and a res­i­dent of Barangay Maimpis in ths city. She yielded R282 in bet money and var­i­ous jueteng para­pher­na­lia.

Another po­lice oper­a­tion in the same day led to the ar­rest of En­rimo Mer­cado Cruz, 51, ad­min­is­tra­tive aide at the Guagua Mu­nic­i­pal Hall. He was al­legedly caught in the act of col­lect­ing jueteng bets in Barangay Sto. Niño of the said town and yielded R300 cash.

Mean­while in Bu­la­can, the po­lice anti-gam­bling drive re­sulted in the ar­rest of Abi­gail Rivera Cas­tro, 34, in Barangay Ni­u­gan, An­gat town. Seized from her were four re­ceipts of col­lec­tions, pa­peli­tos, and R1,991 cash in var­i­ous de­nom­i­na­tions.

In Tar­lac, Ron­nie Pas­cual Di­zon, 33, was also caught in the act of col­lect­ing bets for jueteng in an anti-vice oper­a­tion Barangay Pando, Con­cep­cion, Tar­lac. Cash bets to­tal­ing R530, pa­peli­tos and other jueteng para­pher­na­lia were found in his pos­ses­sion.

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