By MAR S ARGUELLES
LEGAZPI CITY: The police’s anti-illegal gambling crack team have arrested 67 suspected jueteng bet collectors including its operators and confiscated some P39,000 in collection money in two separate raids conducted in the towns of Pamplona and Bula all in CamSur, the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Bicol said.
The crackdown is part of the heightened campaign by the PNP against illegalgambling, particularly jueteng, proliferating in the six provinces of Bicol, according to Police Supt Renato Bataller, PNP Bicol spokesperson.
The raid came days before President Aquino’s scheduled visit in Bicol starting last week.
Combined personnel from the Regional Public Safety Battalion, provincial, municipal, and police units swooped down at dawn on a suspected jueteng den at Zone 4, in Barangay San Gabriel, Pamplona, CamSur.
Bataller said the raid arrested at least 46 jueteng collectors who at the time of the raid were counting some P24,402 in bet collections.
Recovered from the raid were jueteng paraphernalia, two sets of desk top computers and a broadband unit.
The suspects were detained at the town jail while the seized jueteng money and paraphernalia were turned over to the police custodian as evidence.
The same police operatives raided another jueteng den in Barangay Sto. Domingo, Bula, CamSur.
The raid resulted to the arrest of 21 persons and the confiscation of P15,043 in jueteng bet collection.
The suspects have been booked for illegal gambling under Presidential Decree 1602. – Bicol Mail