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Isko, 4 city councilors freed

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VICE Mayor Isko Moreno has his fingerprints taken by a policeman following his arrest for illegal gambling in Sta. Cruz, Manila on Saturday. ARNOLD ALMACEN

The Manila Prosecutor’s Office has ordered the release for further investigation of Manila Vice Mayor Isko Moreno and four councilors (not five as earlier reported) who were arrested by the police on Saturday for sponsoring a bingo game in Sta. Cruz, Manila.

Moreno (Francisco Domagoso in real life), Councilors Ma. Asuncion Re Fugoso, Joel Chua, Ernesto Isip Jr. and Yul Servo Nieto, along with former councilor Manuel Zarcal, were initially brought to the prosecutor’s office to undergo inquest proceedings for violating Presidential Decree No. 1602 as amended by Republic Act No. 9287 or the antiillegal gambling law. On top of this, they were also charged with obstruction, assault on an agent of a person in authority and resisting arrest.

However, they were ordered released for lack of evidence by Manila Inquest Division Chief Elaine Yarra-Cerezo around 4 a.m. Sunday, almost 12 hours after their arrest.

Despite their release, Moreno and company were not yet off the hook, according to Supt. Ricardo Layug, commander of the Manila Police District (MPD) Quiapo station.

“They were not simply released but released for further investigation,” Layug told the Inquirer in a phone interview. “It means that instead of holding an inquest proceeding, there will be a preliminary investigation … so they will be summoned again to answer the charges against them.”

In a report submitted to MPD director Chief Supt. Alex Gutierrez, Layug said that when he and his men arrived on Tambunting Street, Barangay 384, Sta. Cruz, the bingo game—which the police said was a form of illegal gambling—had already been stopped by a team led by Blumentritt police community precinct head Chief Insp. Ed Morata. The lawmen gave the councilors permission to hold a raffle instead.

However, one of the councilors apparently called up Moreno who went to the area to question the police’s actions.  The vice mayor has been at odds with Mayor Alfredo Lim ever since he agreed to become former President Joseph Estrada’s running mate under the United Nationalist Alliance (UNA). Estrada is eyeing the mayor’s post against Lim who is running for reelection. The four councilors arrested with Moreno, along with Zarcal, are UNA’s bets for city councilors.

Moreno, in a phone interview with the Inquirer, maintained that bingo was not illegal because former President Ferdinand Marcos had signed a letter of instruction exempting it from the anti-illegal gambling law when it is played as a parlor game.

“In fact, you no longer need a permit because of a decision made by the Court of Appeals in May 2012 that there is no need to seek a permit as this is just a parlor game,” he said.

“I’m just wondering why this administration is [focusing its efforts] on us [when] there are illegal bookies for horse racing, video karera and prostitution business operators in the City of Manila that they don’t arrest,” he added.

According to him, councilors have been holding bingo games in the last five years along with medical missions and feeding programs but it was only after they joined UNA that the police started harassing them.

Last week, Councilors Cristy Isip, Richard Ibay, Rafael Borromeo and Ramon Yupangco, along with former Councilor Erick Valbuena, figured in a scuffle with the police over a raffle event in Paco which did not have a permit. The councilors eventually filed a complaint in the Office of the Ombudsman and the National Police Commission against Gutierrez and several other policemen.

“Our lawyers are now studying the matter. We will only act within the bounds of the law. We will not take this sitting down, this tyranny at city hall. We will fight them peacefully, justly and without violence and threats,” Moreno said.

“The police said they were just following orders. From whom did it come from? There’s only one [man] who can give such an order,” he went on to say.

In response to Moreno’s insinuation that he was behind their arrest, Lim said in a statement, “That’s the problem with them. They commit a crime and when the police arrest them, they will put it down to politics. The question is did they violate the law or not?”

“The police are there to assert what is right against what is wrong. They cannot just close their eyes because the violator is a government official,” Lim added.

He said he would ask the Commission on Elections if Moreno and company violated the law against premature campaigning because the seized bingo cards contained his name as well as that of Estrada and the other councilors.

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Tags: 2013 elections , Alfredo Lime , Crime , illegal gambling , Isko Moreno , Joseph Estrada , Manila politics , Metro , News


    hehehe…BINGO??  bawal na ba ngayon ang BINGO na laro…  si Lim talaga… makakita lang ng maliit na butas… desperado na si Mayor Lim…


      Nanghuli ng Binggo ? = isang milyong boto ang nawala kay Lim ! nya….. hahaha….. nahawa sila sa ka Abnoyan ng kanilang Idle.

  • boybakal

     Isko, 4 city councilors freed…

    This is surprising….Isko and 4 others Freed.
    Ngayon lang nangyari ito….the usual norm is….Prisoner is always Killed dahil nangagaw ng baril ng pulis.
    Hallelujah…..Praise the Lord.

  • Sugbuanon86

    P0tang ina mo PNOY!

    Gagawin mo ang lahat, para lang manalo ang mga kandidato mo!

    Hala sige, ipa kulong mo na ang lahat ng mga kalaban ng liberal!

    Gag0 kang presidente ka!!!

    • indiosbravos2002

      Masyado ka naman bitter. Mahirap talaga pagnasibak sa Sugbo TV. Kumusta na nga pala amo mong si Gwendoling.


      Ano pa bang maa asahan sa utak Abnoy ? huwag ka ng magmura sayang lang ang laway. Wala namang hiya yon kasi > BOY AB ! Alam na ng boung bayan kasi nanghuli ng binggo parlor …. nya …hahaha….

    • lolo_Jose


    • http://profile.yahoo.com/U2VPSRNUA6MZGXS7FX6W5ZRCBI Antonio

      hoy, puso mo baka atakihin ka.. pulitika lang yan… wala kang mapapala diyan

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/BXPFY2NP3KNS6XLFTXA47GIKMQ Rodolfo

       Relax ka lang dyan.. alam na namin yan !

  • $14334231

    playing might be okay as charities sponsors such event, but sponsoring it and giving prizes is a different story….it runs like this….isko sponsored the bingo game….players did not buy bingo cards to play..it was free…the catch…winners wins cash, and all participants on that bingo didn’t go home empty handed…..so, isko and his cohorts were vote-buying using bingo as a forefront….with these reasons, no matter how you look at it, it’s vote-buying at its best…. 


      Kahit ano pa sabihin mo. Isang bagay ang tiyak > bataan ni Lim nanghuli ng political opponent dahil lang sa binggo ! Kung wala silang utak ay may utak ang taong bayan !

  • $18209031

    Hindi pala malinis itong si Moreno.  Papogi boy lang ito sa politika. Bastos pa magsasalita sa kapwa mga intsik. Hala pusasan yan ….


      Na finger print nga si Moreno pero si Lim and company ang naputukan. Lim style Penoy, Walang hiyaan kung mandaya ….. nya ….hahaha….

  • jHdz

    Nag BINGO lang… arrestado na.  ano ba yan… if Lim wants to play dirty he should not play along this shallow game.  no taste.


      Pareho sila ni Penoy na “DIRTY TACTICS”.

  • boybakal

    Do mo rin masisi si Mayor Lim.
    Inalagaan ng husto from nothing…ito pa ang ganti balimbing.


    Sinong police ang huhuli sa Vice Mayor kung hindi ipinag utos ng Mayor. Hindi daw ini utos ni Lim. SINUNGALING !

  • nes911

    Kinuyog ng tao si moreno dahil bastos magsalita. Talaga namn na sinadya nilang manggulo para ma-news at masabing sila ay hinaharass. Kung di dumating ang mga pulis, baka pinagbabato ng mga tao si isko. Mahina kasi ulo kaya asal butangero katulad ni erap.

    • ApoLapullapu

      Kitang-kita sa video.  Pulis ang nag-umpisa sa gulo.  Hindi pa nila nakitang may pusta, illegal gambling na.  Halatang may nag-utos sa kinilang pigilin ang pagtitipon.  Malayo man ang nag-utos madali lang yon sapagkat may cellphone na ngayon.

  • gyvv

    basta may taya, sugal un.. as in gambling… dapat may tong kasi …

  • CebuBoy2013

    I am not from Manila but from Cebu but I’m just curious why these arrest only came now when Bingo games happened before under Mayor Lim’s term, as claimed by the vice mayor. And i guess most residents in Manila can attest to this. Does this mean that they haven’t noticed it before but only now because it’s election time? If they can’t give a legitimate answer to my question, then i would say: “Politically motivated”.

  • boyod

    Supt LAYUG humanda ka kapag nanalo si erap at moreno sa kangkungan ka pupulutin katulad ni  Supt Maharnan na yes ng yes sa amo. Ganyan talaga  ang mangyari sa taong bupol. GOODBYE!

  • jurbinsky77

    If the law says Bingo is illegal, then these useless government officials should be prosecuted.
    No? Why?

    The Filipinos should stop being stupid.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/BXPFY2NP3KNS6XLFTXA47GIKMQ Rodolfo

       Agreed !!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/C2F4EHM4EWQLOOW3OST3DQAVXY Martina

    kapag may BET, gambling yan. Kapag may pangalan ang mga bingo cards, campaigning yan. Let the Comelec decide na lang on that issue. Peace!

  • batukan

    tama nga lang pala angteam-up ni isko at erap, parehong sugarol! kaya mga taga-maynila, maging tanga-iboto ang mga sugarol sa pamumuno ng tunay na mandarambong-erap.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_GURBWYA3AIXC22EF6E6HIHRNQE Ornbort Vortingeresdemesus

    does manila have a third option? kawawa naman ang mga botante…

  • ApoLapullapu

    There can be no gambling if there is no proof of betting.  The police just disturbed a gathering that  somebody did not like.

  • nice_boy

    May premyo pero walang taya. Pag walang taya, walang sugal.  Yung premyo para makalipun ng tao.  Political harrasment ito. 

  • disqus_F7NxgCOapC

    Vote Buying ang tawag doon, pre mature campaign, USONG USO yan sa Maynila !!!

  • disqus_F7NxgCOapC

    Paawa effects si Isko Moreno!!! artista nga!!! 

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/3AXROSN6LN5YP66EONOKGSSYFY Ngiping Dilaw

    Ang tagal na ng bingo na yan bakit ngayon lang naghulihan. Ano ba pulitika sa Pilipinas . Pag di election pwede ang naglipanang binguhan, pag election hinuhuli. Sana labanan na lang ng plataporma hindi puro siraan.gipitan.

  • concern_netizen

     SET UP! Obviously Isko set this all up to earn media mileage (to which
    stupid, corrupt media readily obliged) and somewhat remind voters of
    Lim’s past as ruthless police enforcer. Timing is nothing but perfect
    with the fake arrests right after Lim and Erap signed a manifesto. This
    will likewise make it appear that Lim is not trustworthy, engaging in
    “dirty” politics after the agreement. Watch how Erap and Isko harp this
    issue to mislead the voters.

    Isko is doing the dirty laundry for Erap. Remember that Isko also made a
    ruckus when his budget for ghost employees were withheld by the city
    government. This scenario is very similar to Gwen Garcia, with UNA
    coming to the aid of a suspected corrupt official, demanding justice
    kuno. Making an issue of oppression to hide blatant corruption.

  • Febien Lopez

    Tama rin si Mayor Lim na ipahuli yang sugal na yan. Napupuna lang ng iba yung timing . Lim pa rin!!!

  • mikerocky

    Very elementary naman ang issue. Akala ng UNA makakasimple sila sa Maynila. Tropang sugarol kasi sila Erap. Patigasan na lang kung yan ang gusto nyo. Lim pa rin!!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/BXPFY2NP3KNS6XLFTXA47GIKMQ Rodolfo

    Illegal pala ang BINGO  bakit hindi nila hulihin yung bingohan sa simbahan ng mga pari ? at di lang yan may bingohan din sa SM hindi nyo ba alam ? Tsk tsk tsk .. it’s more fun in the Philippines !!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ELTWKJPUAIB6ANDT4KSL7BSATA Shalani

    isko, bat ka nagtatanong? di ba vice mayor ka? alam mo dapat sagot sa tanong mo, bopols

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DZ3OKLNXZ4NFD7BNM7EZR5KG6Y alex

    ..araw araw me binggo dito sa tondo..ng mga babae at mga bata na walang magawa sa maghapon.. bat ndi pinapansin ng mga pulis.. nung nangangampanya si Lim, nakipag shake hands pa nga samin habang naglalaro kami ng binggo..

    desperado na si Mayor Lim…  un lang pinaka dahilan.. ipa-shoot to kill mo na si Isko,  Mayor Lim..hehe

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