Politicians raise funds for elections via jueteng, says top cop

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PNP Chief, Director General Alan LM Purisima answers questions from the PDI team during an interview at the Editor’s Lounge, Philippine Daily Inquirer main office in Makati City. EDWIN BACASMAS/INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima believes most politicians in the country rely on jueteng, the illegal numbers game, to keep themselves afloat during elections.

Over dinner with Inquirer editors and reporters last Wednesday, Purisima said that politicians do not involve themselves in armed robberies.

“The fundraisings of most politicians are in illegal gambling,” Purisima said.

Sociologists have said that most Filipinos turn to jueteng or illegal gambling as an alternative to the lack of jobs and livelihood, hanging on to the promise of quick cash by placing a minimal bet.

However, a number of politicians allegedly dip into the multi-million peso proceeds of jueteng, even operating it, to keep the underground industry thriving.

Deposed President Joseph Estrada was convicted of plunder for accepting P545 million in proceeds from jueteng.

Today, Purisima said, jueteng continues to be rampant because it has found a “shield” in the government-sanctioned Small Town Lottery run by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

“Right now, what they (jueteng lords) do is they have a shield. STL is a legal game that has a franchise from PCSO,” Purisima said.

In 2005, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo tasked the PCSO to help in eradicating jueteng through the STL.

Purisima said the police could not go after jueteng lords and operators because the National Police Commission had issued a resolution “prohibiting policemen from conducting raids against STL without the permission of the PCSO or the franchise owner.”

He said the Napolcom resolution was issued in 2008.

Purisima said the PNP had “verbally recommended” that the Napolcom should stop its inadvertent protection of jueteng.

“You can try what the police can do without the shield,” he said.

In December last year, the Department of Interior and Local Government  said it would investigate Pangasinan Governor \Amado Espino for alleged involvement in jueteng.

The bloody encounter in Atimonan town in Quezon province that killed 13 people  was allegedly rooted in a turf war over jueteng.

One of the fatalities, Victor “Vic” Siman, the alleged target of the operation led by Superintendent Hansel Marantan, was reportedly a jueteng lord.

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  • Your_King

    So much corruption in the Philippines it’s crazy. And the worst part is the President is not doing anything much to end it. “Jueteng”has been a major problem since Aquino stepped in in 2010 but not a single real thing has happened to address and/or end the widespread of ‘jueteng’ activity in the country.

  • mekeni62

    matagal nang alam ng madla iyan. ang ibida ninyo kung ano ang gagawin ninyo. mga buwiseett!!

    • dodong1

      ikaw naman bakit daw sasabihin kung papaano nila susugpuin ang jueteng..di wala na silang kita…

  • tata_boy

    magkano naman ang napaparte mo?

  • dodong1

    In 2005, then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo tasked the PCSO to help in eradicating jueteng through the STL. YUNG ASAWA NYA ANG ISANG MAJOR COLLECTOR NG JUETENG AT GINAMIT SA PANG DARAYA NYA SA ELECTION KAYA NAGING FAKE PRESIDENT SIYA….

  • dodong1

    Dios PURISIMA, puro dakdak kulang sa gawa…

  • http://joboni96.myopenid.com/ joboni96

    kailan ba naging hindi

    pati mga police
    may allowance din

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_BL2GYU35SO6HTJUEAUTXS3QFYM George Lapulapu

    kulang ang headline…dapat —-
    Politicians raise funds for elections via jutting,  with the help of cops

  • rouelcalzita

    What noo..kie mind the PNP leadership…? Before PNP frequently uttered that they neutralized the jueting…and now continues to be rampant because it has protection from PNP officials.

  • LucianoChing

    Jueteng,Jai-alai,STL,last Two,masiao or whatever you call it has found a shield not from the govt. sanctioned PCSO but from the men of our gov’t.itself. The only way to eradicate these illegal forms of gambling is eradicate the legal gov’t…..
    This is the price we have to pay….For every peso collection in illegal gambling,40 centavos goes to government officials,including the CPNP……

  • kwapong654

    Then name the politicians Purisima not merely the usual ningas cogon, or file the case against them for that’s what you’re paid for. The reading public is tired of reading all your palusot and pampabango. What we want is concrete action pero pag bla bla bla eh pwede ba manahimik ka na lang

  • disqusted0fu

    If the PNP can not stop jueteng, and the DILG has done nothing but talk about it, and the President says that it is not his priority, then who else is going to put an end to this illegal numbers game?

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