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Roxas gathering more evidence to end ‘jueteng’ in Pampanga, says aide

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines — Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II is not letting go of his campaign to stop the illegal numbers racket “jueteng” in Pampanga.

Although his month-long ultimatum to the police had lapsed on Nov. 24, Roxas “continues to be gathering and strengthening his evidence to prove the operations of jueteng in the province,” his media relations officer, Babes Suva, said on Tuesday.

She said Roxas would require Senior Supt. R’win Pagkalinawan, Pampanga police chief, to report on the progress of the campaign.

But Pampanga Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio David wanted to give Roxas a reasonable time to make good on his promise.

“It is too soon to tell if the good secretary is serious about stopping jueteng. Let’s wait and see what moves he takes,” David said.

Roxas gave the ultimatum to Pagkalinawan while presiding over the Oct. 24 meeting of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in Clark Freeport where governors and police directors in Central Luzon reported on their accomplishments and needs in fighting crime.

Roxas issued the order in front of Gov. Lilia Pineda, wife of suspected jueteng financier, Rodolfo “Bong” Pineda. The governor has not issued any statement on jueteng in her province. Her husband, in Senate hearings, had denied financing jueteng or investing in the Small Town Lottery (STL).

In the RPOC meeting, Chief. Supt. Edgardo Ladao, Central Luzon police director, denied the proliferation of jueteng in Pampanga or in six other provinces of the region.

But Roxas said his informants had managed to place bets on jueteng.

Pagkalinawan declined to comment on Tuesday when asked if the Pampanga police had accomplished Roxas’s order.

“Kapampangans can help Secretary Roxas by proving, first and foremost, that there is jueteng in Pampanga. I know it sounds ridiculous but how can he stop something whose existence the Philippine National Police itself denies?” David said.

“Something has to be done first to get the PNP out of their ‘state of denial.’ The truth will set you free, said Jesus,” he added.

Between Oct. 24 and Nov. 24, the STL, a government-sanctioned game designed to stop jueteng, was being played in Pampanga, based on the certifications of police chiefs in towns and cities, Ladao said.

On Nov. 7, Jose Ferdinand Rojas, general manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, held a closed-door meeting with STL agent-corporations.

Rojas told reporters that these agents were complying with STL rules and regulations.

Suncove Corp., STL agent in Pampanga, asked police to help stop “bookies” or illegal operations that use STL as front.

Eduardo Manugue, head of the Pampanga chapter of People Power Volunteers for Reforms, said he met with a Department of the Interior and Local Government representative to discuss his group’s proposal to help in the anti-jueteng drive. Manugue, however, declined to give details of the meeting.

Roxas gathering more evidence to end ‘jueteng’ in Pampanga, says aide

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Tonette Orejas

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Philippines — Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II is not letting go of his campaign to stop the illegal numbers racket “jueteng” in Pampanga.

Although his month-long ultimatum to the police had lapsed on Nov. 24, Roxas “continues to be gathering and strengthening his evidence to prove the operations of jueteng in the province,” his media relations officer, Babes Suva, said on Tuesday.

She said Roxas would require Senior Supt. R’win Pagkalinawan, Pampanga police chief, to report on the progress of the campaign.

But Pampanga Auxiliary Bishop Pablo Virgilio David wanted to give Roxas a reasonable time to make good on his promise.

“It is too soon to tell if the good secretary is serious about stopping jueteng. Let’s wait and see what moves he takes,” David said.

Roxas gave the ultimatum to Pagkalinawan while presiding over the Oct. 24 meeting of the Regional Peace and Order Council (RPOC) in Clark Freeport where governors and police directors in Central Luzon reported on their accomplishments and needs in fighting crime.

Roxas issued the order in front of Gov. Lilia Pineda, wife of suspected jueteng financier, Rodolfo “Bong” Pineda. The governor has not issued any statement on jueteng in her province. Her husband, in Senate hearings, had denied financing jueteng or investing in the Small Town Lottery (STL).

In the RPOC meeting, Chief. Supt. Edgardo Ladao, Central Luzon police director, denied the proliferation of jueteng in Pampanga or in six other provinces of the region.

But Roxas said his informants had managed to place bets on jueteng.

Pagkalinawan declined to comment on Tuesday when asked if the Pampanga police had accomplished Roxas’s order.

“Kapampangans can help Secretary Roxas by proving, first and foremost, that there is jueteng in Pampanga. I know it sounds ridiculous but how can he stop something whose existence the Philippine National Police itself denies?” David said.

“Something has to be done first to get the PNP out of their ‘state of denial.’ The truth will set you free, said Jesus,” he added.

Between Oct. 24 and Nov. 24, the STL, a government-sanctioned game designed to stop jueteng, was being played in Pampanga, based on the certifications of police chiefs in towns and cities, Ladao said.

On Nov. 7, Jose Ferdinand Rojas, general manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, held a closed-door meeting with STL agent-corporations.

Rojas told reporters that these agents were complying with STL rules and regulations.

Suncove Corp., STL agent in Pampanga, asked police to help stop “bookies” or illegal operations that use STL as front.

Eduardo Manugue, head of the Pampanga chapter of People Power Volunteers for Reforms, said he met with a Department of the Interior and Local Government representative to discuss his group’s proposal to help in the anti-jueteng drive. Manugue, however, declined to give details of the meeting.


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  • EdgarEdgar

    To send a strong message against Jueteng, Mar Roxas should continue the jueteng investigation of the late Jesse Robredo against Puno and file the necessary charges against him. Otherwise, all the previous effort of the late Jesse would have gone to naught.

    Or was the discontinuation of investigation on Puno intentional?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/TP6YY66XPT63YFGHDKYTMIO4CM Daniel

    Jueteng Lords are milking cows of dirty politicians.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QSBNZB3TEKHJE5A74STZTTUHC4 ed0408

    Go Mar Roxas, go go go!!!!!! That’s my kind of civil servant. Fearless, decisive and action oriented.  Nobody is sacred in this gov’t.. In order to prosper, we have to bring corrupt officials to justice.

  • mekeni62

    O come on Mar. You don’t need to wait for Kapampangans to prove that there is jueteng in Pampanga. You were not born yesterday. You know that it is very much alive. You just bragged to us that your spies have given you proofs of its existence. It seems this early you are already finding excuses to anticipate failure of a mission. Anyway still wishing you all the luck. You seem to need it very badly.

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Itanong mo kay Gov.!

  • Marx Louis Wang

    I bet Gloria and Mike are behind this. Mga kabalen… ay nanung buri mu? magpaloko na lang lagi kayu?

  • Marx Louis Wang

    Ay naku, Mar… kahit saang sulok ng bansa silipin mo. Katataya ko pa lang sa Kalayaan islands… hinihintay ko mag-low tide sa Panatag shoal, yung mga kaibigan kong tsekwas naghihintay din. Ito numbers ko:  562  102  230  442… iniingatan ko numbers na yan.

  • nti_boohaya

    Sometimes the hardest things to see are the things in front of your noses.  Lantaran ang tayahan kahit saan mo puntahan ng mga palengke, municipio, paradahan o plaza sa probinsiya.  Pero kung mga malalaking isda na operator, financiers, at protectors ay palanugy languy lang sa harapan ni Roxas ay talagang walang ibedensiya.  Classic shakedown lang eto.

  • boybakal

    Roxas gathering more evidence to end ‘jueteng’ in Pampanga, says aide…

    Why deprive people of little happiness and earnings by way of win and work.
    Jueteng gives people work to those who cannot find work.

    Jueteng is what we call UNDERGROUND ECONOMY.
    It gives employment, work and work for kubradors and other Jueteng cashiers and accountants.
    If there are Casinos, Sabong, Sakla for the rich, not so rich why not jueteng for the poor.
    Jueteng does not kill unlike drugs. Jueteng is happiness.

    Mar Roxas should concentrate more on national problem like drugs.
    Jueteng is our culture, culture of the majority of filipinos, culture of the poor.

  • $20722540

    go go mr palengke pagmeron election go go anti-jueteng campaign in pampanga “ONLY”?  malapit na election…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    Ang layo pa ng Pampanga para alamin kung may jueteng pa.
    Tanong mo lang kay Rico Puno; tiyak may sagot ka na niyan Mar.



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