Mindanao Times

Six gambling machines seized after PRO XI crackdown order

- Saron By Rhoda Grace B.

SIX ILLEGAL gambling machines were seized by the elements of Talomo police and Regional Special Operations Group (RSOG) in Purok 21, Ideal, Bago Aplaya, Talomo District on Monday.

Lt. Col. Ronald Lao, the commander of Talomo Police Station, said the machines were found at the house owned by Thelma Abayata Pasayloon.

The operation was carried out after the station received reliable informatio­n from a concerned citizen that the house was used as a gambling den. The alleged owner was not present during the operation.

However, the suspect may still face a charge for violation of PD 1602 through regular filing.

On Monday, Brig. Gen. Filmore B. Escobal, the regional police director, reiterated the “one-strike policy” during the press briefing at the regional headquarte­rs.

He also mentioned that aside from relief, the sta

tion commanders may also face administra­tive case if they allow illegal gambling to proliferat­e in their respective jurisdicti­ons.

Lao said that under the one-strike policy, station commanders who ignore and fail to act on the blatant illegal gambling operations in their areas will be relieved from their posts immediatel­y.

It can be recalled that the declaratio­n of the war on illegal gambling is based on the Executive Order No. 13 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte, who directed the PNP and other law enforcemen­t agencies to intensify the campaign on illegal gambling and “act on the request of gambling regulatory authoritie­s to investigat­e and put an end to illegal gambling activities in their respective jurisdicti­on.”

Meanwhile, Lao is hoping that the seized illegal gambling machines will serve as a warning to all operators. “Illegal gambling machines are luring young bettors, mostly students who cut classes and waste their money on it, instead of focusing on school,” he said.

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