Lacson: Widen antijueteng drive


The Aquino administration should not limit the crackdown on jueteng to Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino to dispel perceptions that it is clamping down on its political enemies.

According to Sen. Panfilo Lacson, there are other governors who are known to be involved in jueteng.

And there are instances where a provincial governor’s involvement goes beyond protecting operators of the numbers racket, Lacson said.

“It happens that it is the governor himself who is the operator. And this is happening in many provinces,” Lacson said in an interview on dzBB radio Sunday.

Lacson was responding to a question by program host Nimfa Ravelo whether he agreed with the administration’s bringing plunder charges against Espino for allegedly pocketing millions of pesos in payoffs from jueteng operators.

“We all know that it is not only General Espino who is involved in jueteng,” Lacson replied.

Espino, a new member of the Nationalist People’s Coalition, was chief superintendent in the Philippine National Police when he retired.

He served as police director for the Ilocos Region and as police provincial director for Pangasinan.

“Just so the administration would not be accused of playing politics, the move to charge local officials in connection with jueteng activities should be indiscriminate. Those governors in the provinces where jueteng is rampant and where the governor himself is the operator should all be charged,” Lacson said.

Shortly after filing charges against Espino, the Department of the Interior and Local Government ordered the suspension of Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia of the United Nationalist Alliance for six months for grave abuse of authority in connection with a case filed in 2010 by the late Vice Gov. Greg Sanchez. The case has no connection to jueteng.

Lacson said many of the governors in provinces where jueteng is entrenched have wisened up after their exposure to the racket.

“Some of the governors would think, ‘Why should I wait for my take in jueteng when I can look for someone who can conduct the game for me?  I can be the operator and financier and earn more,’” he said.

In a previous interview, Lacson said the daily gross collection of all jueteng operators nationwide could add up to P50 million.

He reiterated previous observations that the government-endorsed small-town lottery (STL) is used as a front for jueteng in many provinces.

“The franchise for [STL] is being abused because the jueteng collector brandishes his lotto ID whenever he is arrested for working for a jueteng operator,” Lacson said.

He added that since STL is only a front, jueteng operators remit only 20 percent of their collections to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and pocket the rest.

Lacson said it was about time the PCSO reconsidered its rules and regulations to deal with this situation.

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  • kalikasanipagtanggol

    Lacson clearly avoided a straight forward question and even addressed espino a General instead of his civilian function as Governor.

    “Lacson was responding to a question by program host Nimfa Ravelo whether
    he agreed with the administration’s bringing plunder charges against
    Espino for allegedly pocketing millions of pesos in payoffs from jueteng

    Will he be a good candidate to be DILG Chief? for me personally, a big NO!

    • noyab

       agree ako sau…..ganyan ang larong “games of the generals”

      • batangpaslit

        games of the generals

  • F alonso

    Kung gusto patigil ang Jueteng,kayang itigil.Kaso kung nababayaran ng pera mga ito,tuloy ang ligaya ni Mayor,hepe at Gov.
    Sec Roxas pakita mo naman na may Muscles ka.Else it’s presumed kasama kana rin sa payola.

    • noyab

       lip service lang yun ni Roxas……

  • jeray

    Alam na alam ni Lacson a….

    • noyab

       yan ang mystery ni Ping…..he knows very well, talks very well and also hides very well….ha ha ha

    • batangpaslit

      common knowledge yan Bro sa mga na involve sa anti-jueting drive, kaya hindi obra ang kampanya kontra jueteng kasi ang mga members ng task force ay lower ranking lang. eh, ang bossing pala ng operation ay ang boss din nila
      alam ko kasi na involve ako nian. akala ko honest to goodness ang campaign. but when we discovered that the take goes even higher than the Chief PNP, sabi ko….disband na lang natin ang task force.
      lokohan lang ang mga drive kontra jueteng…

  • Rovingmoron

    Get rid of the Small Town Lottery as well as the jueteng. Then, the operators will resort to two-digit ending where bettors win if they get the numbers in proper order after each PBA basketball game.

    • noyab

       ha ha ha then sa last digit naman ng plate number ng first two incoming vehicles ang sugal ng bayan……he he he parang when i was in High School, we play adding hahaha

  • jeray

    Yan ung sinasabi nyang alas kay erap

  • dodong1

    tanungin ninyo si Chavit alam nya lahat kung sino sino ang protektor ng mga jueteng operation sa buong bansa…

  • Opel

    and we will have to rely sa magigiting at uncorruptable na mga police natin to do the job, patay na yan hueting na yan, magtiwala lang kayo sa kapulisan at mga local leaders. They will surely eradicate hueting just give them time, sa katapusan ng mundo, they will accomplish it.

  • Roger

    madali lng pigilan ang jueting. pag ayaw ni mayor, hepe at gov walang magagawa kahit sinong matibay na operator yan. nakakalungkot kc sila mismo ang involved. dati tangapan dito sa pangasinan 3% kay mayor at 2% kay hepe. ngayon pumasok si atong 1.5% kay mayor at 1% na lng kay hepe. mag lifestyle check kayo sa mga hepe at malalaman kung sino talaga ang maayos na hepe sa pangasinan

  • Pedro

    I am reiterating  my previous recommendation to President Noynoy  to appoint Senator Panfilo Lacson NOW  as Anti-corruption CZAR !  He will be tasked to eradicate  the evil Jueteng  and  to send to jail  all  government and police officials  who are protecting  Jueteng. I believe he is the only one who can  effectively STOP  all these corrupt governors, mayors  and other local officials who are protecting Jueteng and even DRUGS. Senator Lacson can also neutralize that influential convicted criminal Atong ANG  who seems to be really UNTOUCHABLE . Hindi  sya umubra sa USA , kaya balik Pinas na naman para dito uli gumawa ng mga illegal activities nya. .  

  • wawa2172

    If politicians, professionals and the masses of Pagadian and Lanao del Norte was fooled to invest in Ponzi scandals how much more in a well protected gambling known as jueteng where there are financiers, takers and massive clients. What can be done perhaps is to legalize it because Erap, Atong, Penidas’s, Sngson and Espino are big names involved in it. Ping knows about jueteng being the chief PNP during Erap time and his boss was involved in many form of gambling. Erap needs money to finance his famity, kabit, legitimate and illegitimate children’s, nightlife, gambling, etc. What Erap does is also done by many politician. Marunong lang magtago nang sikrito ang iba, maingat baga. In Mindanao its swetres ang namamayagpag and the financiers and takers are known. Politicians needs it to finance kasal,kabit, libing , binyag at kaunting tulong or abuloy sa mga fans nito or constituents na dumadagsa sa bahay nila araw-araw. Lacson knows about whose who in Jueteng but ayaw rin niyang pangalanan dahil baka ilaglag rin siya. Jueteng will be there forever and even PNoy knows about it personally at maybe may relatives din siyang involve sa mga Cojuangco side of Tarlac.Wala sa priority ni Noy ang jueteng. Pumutok lang ang jueteng scandal ngayon dahil sa away nang mag kaalyado ni PNoy sa Pangasinan. Away bata ang simula sa alitan nang mayor at governor nang Pangasinan. Both are jueteng lords at was admitted by the mayor who swears to God na mas maliit ang tinatangap niya kumpara kay governor. Pumiyok na si Mayor laban kay Gov, inunahan na niya at pumasok sa witness protection program. Gaano kaliit ang tinangap, dahil umamin si Mayor dapat makulong din siya kahit 20 taon lang para di na siya makatakbo sa halalan at bumalik pa sa negosyong Jueteng. If the governmor is found guilty, then ikulong din sila na mag kakapit selda with MILF or NPA as jail guards. Lacson shut up you can do much more than saying something about juerteng, ipiyok mo na ang alam mo at mag kano ang natangap mo as chief.

  • Jason Cruz

    Ilagay si Sen Lacson dyan para maubos ang nga illegal jueteng, ang problema siguradong maraming politikong polpol ang haharang dyan.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      hindi ba sya nakatanggap?

  • watot

    Tell me 1 provincial governor who is not into jueteng? You end up crazy trying to name one.

    • malek_abdul

      Marami! Ang jueteng hindi uso sa Visayas at Mindanao kaya mga governor duon hindi involved jan. Ang sugal sa Mindanao and some parts of the Visayas ay suertres at sa ibang parte naman ng Visayas ay masiao. o ung tinatawag na Jai Alai

  • Komen To

    Unfortunately, Espino is a former Police general, and policemen are supposed to be protector of the people. Other suspected governors are plain former citizens. While both should be penalized for the same crime, the former officer of the law has a bigger problem, that is if the accusations are true

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      Philippine Military Academy brotherhoods.

  • Philcruz

    Who else has the guts to stop jueteng lords? Can’t think of anyone else.

  • disqusted0fu

    the Aquino administration hands a selective justice system. they will only target those officials who they have interests in. everything is politically motivated.

  • Your_King

    The fight against corruption is a sham and nothing more than a tool used by the Aquino Administration to attack their political enemies. Many of Aquino’s KKK buddies are also involved in corruption but he turns the other way. 

  • 711sense

    Like Gov Espino, Rico Puno is also alleged to be a jueting operator by the sae personwho accused the Gov but he isnt being investigated. Why not? That’s how it shows how one-sided this current government is. Again, they should investigate everyone and not just their so-called enemies. That’s why people do not believe that our current government is fair to everyone. It reminded them of the same way the previous government conducted itself.

    • koolkid_inthehouse

      They should also investigate the whistleblower Orduna.

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