CIDG-7 nabs close to 70 il­le­gal gam­bling ma­chines

The Freeman - - NEWS - — Mae Cly­dyl L. Avila/JBB

The Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group in Cen­tral Visayas (CIDG7) has ar­rested 14 per­sons and con­fis­cated al­most 70 units of il­le­gal gam­bling ma­chines dur­ing a string of op­er­a­tion con­ducted in Metro Cebu.

“Ito yung mga video kar­era mga moli-moli, marami na tay­ong nahuli, more than 66, meron din na file-an ng kaso,” said Se­nior In­spec­tor Ed­win La­costales, spokesper­son of CIDG-7.

He said that among the per­sons ar­rested were bet­tors and per­sons rent­ing the place where the ma­chines are placed.

Au­thor­i­ties have yet to de­ter­mine the value of the il­le­gal gam­bling ma­chines con­fis­cated but said these were ex­pen­sive due to the pro­gram­ming and build.

“Mga ma­hal din yan kasi pina­pa­gawa at pinapa-pro­gram. Hindi naalis ang pera sa loob, hindi pa nam­ing nabuk­san,” La­costales said.

Au­thor­i­ties con­ducted a month of sur­veil­lance and val­i­da­tion be­fore they con­ducted op­er­a­tions in the ci­ties of Cebu, Man­daue, and Lapu-Lapu.

La­costales said Cebu City re­mains the hotspot of il­le­gal gam­bling since the most num­ber of ma­chines con­fis­cated were from Cebu City.

La­costales added that most of the gam­bling places are lo­cated a few me­ters from a school, which makes it ac­ces­si­ble for stu­dents who are eas­ily lured by the en­ter­tain­ment that gam­bling pro­vides.

“Min­san malapit sa es­kwe­la­han. Kawawa yung mga bata and then ngayon, mag­dadam­a­gan sila,” La­costales said.

The first part of the op­er­a­tion was ini­ti­ated in De­cem­ber of last year as gam­bling usu­ally spikes dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son, ac­cord­ing to La­costales.

He said that from the op­er­a­tions con­ducted since De­cem­ber, a to­tal of 22 per­sons have al­ready been charged.

He said that CIDG-7 will con­tinue its in­ten­si­fied op­er­a­tions against all forms of il­le­gal-gam­bling, es­pe­cially in Tal­isay City.

MAE CLY­DYL AVILA

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