Roxas tells new PNP chief: Strike hard vs ‘jueteng’


CHANGE OF COMMAND President Aquino watches the change of command from outgoing PNP chief Nicanor Bartolome (left) to PNP Director General Alan Purisima in Camp Crame, Quezon City, on Tuesday. Also witnessing the turnover are former President Fidel V. Ramos (left) and Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas. LYN RILLON

Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas on Tuesday directed the new Philippine National Police chief to “strike hard” against “jueteng” in the wake of the revelations made by a Pangasinan town mayor about the involvement of government and police officials in the illegal numbers game.

In a statement, Roxas said he had ordered PNP Deputy Director General Alan Purisima to go after jueteng operators and protectors “who are raking in billions of pesos in illicit earnings.”

“My marching orders are clear: Go against the operators and protectors regardless of their positions and party affiliations. Identify and charge them in court and make sure the cases are airtight and can withstand judicial scrutiny,” Roxas said.


No-nonsense campaign

“I have instructed…Purisima to revise the PNP’s Secure and Fair Elections (Safe) 2013 operations plan to include a no-nonsense campaign against jueteng,” he added.

Roxas said he feared the illicit money generated by the underground lottery would “fill the war chests of warlord politicians in many towns and provinces around the country.”

He noted that a number of jueteng lords had become political warlords “who could thwart the people’s true will in the May 2013 elections.”

“I have full trust and confidence the new PNP chief will pursue these jueteng lords until they are all in jail,” he said.

Roxas dismissed allegations made by the opposition United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) coalition that the government’s renewed campaign against jueteng was “politically motivated.”

‘Just doing our job’

“We are just doing our job in running after jueteng operators. We will pursue this, whoever will be affected, regardless of their political affiliations,” Roxas said.

The insinuations by UNA, he said, was “tantamount to obstructing” the investigation of Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino Jr., who was tagged by his erstwhile political ally and confessed bagman, Bugallon Mayor Rodrigo Orduña, as the operator and protector of jueteng in his province.

Espino, of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, is seeking a third and last gubernatorial term under the UNA banner against Alaminos City Mayor Hernani Braganza, a member of the Liberal Party of President Aquino and Roxas.

“I have a feeling that UNA doesn’t want us to proceed with our campaign against jueteng,” Roxas said.

“But we have no choice because it is my duty as secretary of the interior and local government to look into allegations of illegal gambling, particularly if they involve local government executives and police officials,” he said.

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  • nti_boohaya

    Barbershop translation:  “Probe” and “sack” a few non-conformist sacrificial lambs  and reshuffle.  The new shreriff is in town and don’t forget my “bayong” full of goods.  In comes the new lords.

    Ganun pa man, maniniwal lang po kami kapay may masampolan kayo sa Pangasinan at Pampanga.

  • Summerspice

    Go after Espino kasi opposotion sya.Hay naku  politics nga naman. Two years na presidente si Noynoy pero bakit ngayon lang sila seryoso against jueteng?Anong meron?

    • LucianoChing

      Mali ka kaibigan…Pres.Aquino is not serious and will not be serious in eradicating jueteng unless he comes out on national TV ordering all gov’t.agencies involve to stop jueteng.,after which an E.O is made by Malacanang itself…Can’t you see that it is DILG Sec.Roxas ordering the PNP only and not including the LGUs in the fight againts jueteng?Why will Roxas instruct only the PNP?
      He is not serious too unless he will instruct all LGUs to see to it that jueteng is stopped in their respective areas…Di ba alam ni Roxas na ang talagang makapangyarihan sa pagpapatigil ng jueteng ay ang mga mayors,governors and congressmen?Pag ayaw ng jueteng ng mga local officials,tapos ang problema..Hindi PNP ang atasan nia…Remember that the LGUs are superior to the PNP.Mga LGUs talaga ang culprits dito…AND THE CAMPAIGN ON JUETENG IS NOT TO ERADICATE IT BUT JUST TO MINIMIZE IT IN PLACES WHICH ARE NOT ADMINISTRATION FRIENDLY!
      Again,in order that the citizenry will be convinced that the Aquino administration is bent to eliminate jueteng and all forms of illegal gambling,all they have to do is:
      Puro lang kc pahapyaw mga kilos nitong dalawa!!!!!!!

  • randyaltarejos

    That’s the cancer in our society. Some of the politicians ae always abusing the “political motivation” behind the DILG’s campaign against the illegal numbers games (jueteng). Ang tanong: Sino at ano ba dapat ang gagwin ng gobyerno, maupo at hayaan na lang na maging laganap ang ganitong uri ng mga sugal sa bansa? At walang pakundangan na pag gamit ng kita sa hweteng upang ipang tustos sa eleksyon ng mga taong sakim sa kapangyarihan? If the PNP is inutile in stopping the proliferation of jueteng in the Philippines, will the United Nations peacekeeping forces come and stop it for us just because the government has no political will to eliminate it, once and for all? Whether the politicians involved in jueteng protection come from Liberal Party or UNA, they must be held accountable for their actions. And the PNP must be firm in its duty to go after them.

  • Fulpol

    Mar Roxas is not against the king… it’s against the protectors of the king, who displayed political threat to his political ambition…

    Roxas, just be true..

  • tawi_borre

    Mar Roxas unahin mo muna sa Capiz. Ang mga kakampi mong mayor ang mga operator ng jueteng dito!

  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Mar parang inutusan mo ang mga pinaghihinalaan kasabwat ng mga jueteng lords!

  • divictes

    Heard it before, still hearing it now, for sure I will  hear in the next episode. Classic.

  • LucianoChing

    “Strike hard” order in Sec.Roxas sa PNP lamang….Anong magagawa ng PNP pag gusto ng mga Mayors at Governors ang jueteng?It is the Mayor and the Governor who picks his Chief of Police  and Provincial Director respectively based on a list of nominees submitted by the PNP…Pag di makisama ang COP at PD,talsik sila ni Mayor at GOV.
    Will Sec.Roxas issue a “strike hard” order too to the LGUs? Or he won’t do it because many provinces whose LGUs are “administration friendly” will suffer collateral damage……
    Parang may “hidden agenda” itong si Pres.Aquino at Sec. Roxas kc ang pinagiinitan nila sa jueteng ay ang PNP to do the job….ang pagtuonan nio ng pansin sa pagpuksa ng jueteng ay ang mga LGUs…Kayang-kaya nio na sabonin o pagbantaan ang PNP kc wala silang political base…Wala silang political followers…Pero ang LGUs medyo andap kayo kc meron silang battalion of voters/followers….

    • Paul

       tinumbok mo…ang daming pulis na ayaw sa jueteng pero gusto ni mayor, kaya ayun, talsik si hepe….tanggap nang tanggap pa rin si mayor.

  • elgeepee

    the solution is to stop jueteng totally either legal or illegal para makita natin ang totoong direction ni Pnoy.regarding jueteng. kawawa kababayan natin mahirap sila ang biktima dito.

  • phantomofhope

    hay naku…WAR AGAINST DRUGS, not AGAINST JUETENG! misplaced prioritization of resources.


      My are far behind the ace-ball..after trillions of dollars being spent world-wide in the “fight against drugs”,those spending that money have admitted that the war has been well and truly lost.
      The way to go now is risk reduction through education,legalization of soft drugs like pot,and free treatments for those wishing to cure themselves of drug-addiction.
      Get behind that new and far more practical and realistic policy change..bring it to Pilipinas too!

  • delpillar

    mas concerned kami sa war against street robbers, akyat-bahay gang, bus/jeepney holduppers etc. Investigate all HOMECIDE and MURDER cases, even without the immediate family filed cases in the court. Ang lagay kasi, kahit murder at obvoius na pinatay ang isang tao, kapag walang kamag-anak na masugid na nagfa-follow-up ay pinapabayaan na lang ng PNP and let it burried into oblivion.

    Second concerned namin ay yung extortion ng mga crime groups sa mga businesses at teachers sa remote areas. Crime groups refer to the NPA and other lawless elements (posting or claiming to be as NPA) who taxed even the seasonal farmers for their produce.

    Jueteng Payola is good:
    It gives extra-allowance to all NCO police members, unilaterally, walang pinipili

  • geminimind

    One way to solve the problem is to compensate credible eyewitnesses and whistle blowers.They must also encourage private or ordinary citizens to be on the look-out with reward once a person is prosecuted.

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  • boybakal

    Pnoy tells Roxax…Strike hard vs Jueteng.
    Roxas tells new PNP chief: Strike hard vs ‘jueteng’
    Purisima tells Provincial Commander…Strike hard on jueteng.
    It goes on and on and on.

  • boybakal

    Drugs are menace to society, danger to society.
    It wrecks life of the young and it kills.
    Jueteng is fun and enjoyment…Why make hard on small people as jueteng is their joy.

    Go after drug lords, criminals, smugglers, they are the killers and saboteur of economy.

  • lolo_Jose

    Sec Mar, sana magtagumpay ka apo. Marami ng nagtanka pero nabigo, at sana nga
    ikaw na ang hinihintay namin na makakapuksa sa jueteng na iyan..Pakibigyan mo na
    rin pansin at oras mo ang ang jueteng dito sa Mabalacat,Pampanga. Hindi natigil
    kahit kaylan at mas lumakas pa. Ang mayor dito na si Boking Morales ay 5 termer
    na, ewan namin paano niya nagawa pero kung alang sabwatan sa comelec at siya
    hindi mangyayari..PLEASE LNG SEC MAR..pakibusisi mo na rin apo bat napakayaman
    niya kahit marami asawa niya..

  • doublecross

    naku…sa lakas ng taya ng jueting ay di mapigilan. pera lang yan. d2 nga sa baguio at agoo di nila kayang supilin. paano naman ang pulitiko ay nabibigyan!

  • noguile

    it will be difficult but it must be done now. if we let jueteng lords continue to influence local politics hindi na malayo na pati mga drugs lords (because of their wealth and power) controlin na rin mga politicians to further strengthen their hold in their territories. may danger na maging narco state/ failed state tayo tulad ng ibang bansa sa south america at maging battleground ng mga sindikato tulad sa us mexican border..

  • Gene

    bodabil time para ipaalam kung kangino na sila dapat magbayad ng intellegensiya.

  • Trollollolloll

    “My marching orders are clear…”
    “I have instructed…”

    Naks. Yan ang gusto ko kay Mario Boy eh. Mando ng mando pero siya mismo wala naman nagawa. Parang boss niya.

  • tata_boy

    someone has to received the payola from jueteng, sinu-sino kaya ang mga papalarin?

  • Paul

    LGU –  governors, mayors, at kapitans, sila ang sabihan mo. sila ang may control nito, kahit anong contra at ayaw ng mga pulis, kung sabi ni mayor, mananatili ang jueteng, talsik si pulis, deretso tanggap ng LGU.

  • gerp

    from the start, after 1986… we never had local/national elected officials with a sense of patriotism…all were self-serving, within family interest is their priority. the most important for them is to stay in power or position to protect themselves. many people around the world had put the 1986 edsa revolution as the role model of how to change a government…but it has a negative effect among ourselves…which is not only the reality of today but back from yesteryears. understanding the history of revolts from 1st world countries…they’ve become the strong and respected people around the world. like what happened in french revolt… massive of people killed their leaders…yun ang gawin natin…mula barangay kapitan pataas…damay na din yung mga dating namumuno.

  • nti_boohaya

    Roxas is barking at the wrong tree.   Roxas doesn’t have the power to fire any cops.  As a result, his marching orders are falling on deaf ears.  He should issue those marching orders to the LGU’s (provincial, city and town heads) which coincidentally have the power to hire and fire cops within their respective jurisdictions.  If you are that serious, sir, issue a one strike policy to the govs and mayors.  An automatic 6-month suspension for the first offense and automatic perpetual disqualification from any government office or job for the second offense.   Isama mo na rin ang illegal logging, mining at droga diyan.  Di na siguro kailangang isabatas pa po yan. 

  • joboni96

    concentrate on drugs that destroys the pilipino youth
    but enriches intsik switiks

    legalize jueteng via transparency
    while the rich have their casinos

    make jueteng disbursements transparent
    to the lgu officials, police, ngo’s, churches etc

    legalized jueteng can be an effective
    resource generator for local development
    and development for the masa

  • Pedro


  • disqusted0fu

    from one kkk to another: lets strike hard on jueteng, so we can get bigger payoffs! the president has our backs anyway.

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