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Bingo sponsored by Moreno, 5 councilors not illegal, say 2 senators

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Isko Moreno. FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Two senators said on Tuesday that Manila local officials arrested for illegal gambling did not commit any crime for simply sponsoring a bingo game in the city during the weekend.

Senate games and amusements chair Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III said Vice Mayor Isko Moreno (real name: Francisco Domagoso) did not need a government-issued franchise since the game was played only in a residential area and among neighbors.

Moreno and the five officials who are running for councilor under the mayoral ticket of former President Joseph Estrada cried harassment after they were arrested by Manila policemen for allegedly offering prizes during a series of bingo games held in Sta. Cruz, Manila, Saturday.

“Let the people play,” Pimentel exclaimed in an ambush interview.

Pimentel added authorities should step in only when those playing bingo become involved in a ruckus, disturb the peace or obstruct traffic.

Senate President Pro Tempore Jinggoy Estrada reminded the policemen who invoked an old Marcos-era decree (P.D.  1902) that this law had already been superseded by Republic Act 9287 signed years ago by then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo that excluded bingo among illegal numbers games.

Besides, Estrada said Manila cops would not have been bold enough to arrest Moreno and company had Mayor Alfredo Lim not been behind the plan.

“They would not have arrested the local officials na walang basbas ni Mayor Lim (without the blessings of Mayor Lim),” Estrada said in a huddle with Senate reporters on Tuesday.

“Only if the mayor gives the go-signal would cops have the courage to make an arrest because they know they would be backed up.  If the mayor disagreed with the plan, the cops realize ilalaglag sila (they could be dumped) and they would not have pushed through with it,” he added.


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Tags: Alfredo Lim , Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III , Bingo , Crime , electioneering , Elections 2013 , illegal gambling , Isko Moreno , Jinggoy Estrada , Joseph Estrada , Manila , Metro , News , Politics


  • carlomaru

    si lim dapat maalis na sa maynila…trapo yan…

    • mari suli

      Eh, ano tawag mo sa mga Estrada, hindi lang sila trapo mga mgnanakaw pa.

      • sanjuan683

         Hindi yata tinatablan ng hiya ang mga yan, sabi nila basta pulitiko, makapal ang hiya.

    • Fayha

      si erap mo ang mas trapo. si Lim sya lang tumatakbo sa Pulitika. si Erap halos lahat nang myembro nang pamilya nasa pulitika na. kahit aso ni erap kung pwede tumakbo sa pulitika patakbuhin nya. 

      • sanjuan683

         oo nga ano? Inuuso nila yun dynasty, di bali sabaysabay sesempla ang mga iyan.

    • stealth ice

      gusto na angkinin ni erap ang boung metro manila.
      sa kanila na ang san juan. sa kasalukuyan ang kanyang lover ang mayor dun.
      tapos susubukan niya kunin ang manila tapos ipapasa niya sa ibang lover nya.
      hanggang mahulog ang buong metro manila sa mga lovers niya.
      yan ba ang gusto natin ha manilenyo/manilenya?
      mag-isip isip tayo.

    • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

      Choosing between 2 Evils,I would choose Lim.At least pa huli nya illegal Gamblers at itinutumba niya mga Pushers.

      Pasimuno rin yang mga Estrada na yan.Gusto sakupin buong Maynila,para mas malawak ang Power at Control.

  • mari suli

    Hindi nga iyon na include sa illegal numbers game pero pag may betting ay sugal na iyan.Hindi naman sinabi na pag nasa bahay ay hindi illegal.Ibig bang sabihin KoKo na puede ako pasabong manok sa loob ng bahay? Sabagay ika ang lawyer he, je.Pero tingin ko agaw eksena ka lang parang agaw pansin ba.Bumalik ka na lang doon kay Erap.Sabagay si Zubiri na less evil lang naman ang ayaw mong samahan.Pero ang mga magna gusto mo pa rin .B.S.

  • jseesus

    nagsalita at dumepensa ang mga kawatan, hoy jinggoy balik ka na sa san juan, hindi ka bagay sa senado, dapat sa iyo sa binggohan taga bunot ng numero….. o sa letrang B as in bobo…hahharahah..

  • Dawn Dare

    Plausible deniability. Lim will not admit to ordering the deaths of drug pushers in Manila either.

    • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

      Drug Pushers are meant to be eliminated,they poison the entire human race.It’s not a question who ordered their elimination.If it was Gen. Lim,so what?

      • Dawn Dare

        Then why are vigilantes outlawed? Why should the vigilante mayor be exempt from the law? Doing something wrong to correct something wrong will never make it right.

    • scorpio15

      Drug Pushers pala. Di kung hindi naitumba yon marami pang mga kabataan ang malulung sa droga. Hindi na importante kung siya ang nag-utos. Ang importante ay nabawasan ang mga salot sa lipunan.

  • sanjuan683

     Si Koko lang pala ang may sabi, hehehehe dun kaya ako magbingo sa harap ng bahay mo payag ka 24 oras magbingo ako, basta kalsada ay bawal nakakaintindi ka ba ng batas, mabuti pa yun hindi lawyer sumusunod sa batas eh ikaw lawyer pa naman sasabihin mo hindi illegal. Tangengot ka ba? Nagtatanong lang?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_L3NJ4IIZZMB2OMPIOR7X2B72ME k

    hay naku…si unggoy pala yung senator na nagsabi e…alangan naman sabihin nya na illegal ang bingo, e di nasapak sya ni JV.?

    so pag sa neighborhood,pwede ang bingo? it means pwede din ang weteng,skla,kwaho basta sa neighborhood?

    magpa bingo na lang ako sa bahay para may sideline senator Pimentel…pag kinulong ako ng pulis,ikaw ang pumalit.bweeset,kaya ka iniputan ng asawa mo dahil utal timang ka e.parang totoo tuloy na,ni-leak sa tatay mo yung mga questions sa bar kaya ka nag top.

    • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/VBN5IUGKHSGIHDV5L6QVG2KBTI Leop233

       pre, basahin mo muna ang pre requisite kung bakit hindi illegal gambling yan.

    • doncleo

       dati sangkot din sila sa masiao..remember Arnie Tuadles?

  • KarlosRegaza

    Dirty talaga ang matandang Lim. Ano na kaya ang nangyari sa imbestigasyon sa hostage crisis na pinagbidahan ni Lim? Ex General pa naman. Bopols din naman pala sa mga crisis. 

    At naalala ko, siya pa lang ang kilala kung incumbent senator na kumandidato pababa as mayor.  Ano ang masarap sa pwesto ng Manila? Dahil ba andyan nag ooperate anak nyang drug lord? 

    Pakilinaw mr. lim! 

    • doncleo

       si Lim senator na kumandidatong mayor? paano ito si Estrada dating presidente ngayon kandidatong mayor…ano nga ba masarap sa pwesto ng Manila?

  • stealth ice

    deposed president erap estrada bullying the police officer. just imagine if he will become a mayor of manila. kawawa naman ang mga police manila nyan. bugbog sarado kay erap pag hindi sasang-ayon sa kagustuhan niya.

    kaya dapat mag-isip isip tayo. lam naman natin kung ano ang kayang gawin si erap. kung pulis nga binubugbog nya tayo pa kaya.

    • doncleo

       kapag lasing yan pinapapila mga pulis tapos iihian lang nya hahaha!!!convicted plunderer na iboboto pa? mga bobo lang gagawa nyan..

      • jgl414567

         Bobo na talaga mga taga Manila pag binoto pa nila si Erap na convicted plunderer! Ninakawan na nga tayo may mukha pang hingin boto natin nanakawan na naman tayo sobrang kapal na yan!!! ALIS DYAN KAWATAN!!

  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/iV0XkkNontlsHWTkG2jcuz.PB64A#6b054 F alonso

    Pimentel must be a beneficiary of any other Gambling Payoff.There’s no difference between Public Bingo ang Jueteng.They are both illegal.

    This is the reason why Jueteng can not be curbed and eliminated because of some poor souled Politicians.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_AUVZQYX3IUO7R2PEZRDS6ZDFUA RamBoDan

    No Mayors Permit, No play…alam nyo ang batas, kahit taga city hall, pulis, taga malacanang kyo kailangan ng permit. Ipakita nyo kahit nasa pwesto kyo sumunod kyo sa batas…hirap eh dinadaan sa palakasan…kaso hindi malakas yong baker nyo…kalaban pa, tapos magsasampa ng kaso, hay naku onli in da Pilipins…sa balota na ang kayo mag laban…alam naman ng tao kung sino kayo.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERCCN5ANNNF7BEBFMYXR6ALGRU Dan

    nakialam na naman ang punk senator- jinggoy estrada

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZHZM2FBNMXAKU6BSP24VH5W7GE Jose

    Only in the Pilipins do you see a plunderer assaulting a police officer and getting away with it.
    Maybe this guy should go back to jail

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERCCN5ANNNF7BEBFMYXR6ALGRU Dan

    Erap estrada will always be associated with gambling, wine, women,
    Make your day mga edyot na taga maynila

  • jgl414567

    Ang kapal naman ni ex-president and ex-convict Estrada pati na anak niyang wala namang credentials to be senator! I will help in the campaign to defeat your candidacies!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZHZM2FBNMXAKU6BSP24VH5W7GE Jose

    Erap is no. 1 in political dynasty. His sons are in the senate and congress. What is worse, his querida is the mayor of San Juan. When congress puts up the law on political dynasty, they should also include queridas

  • joshmale2004

    Senator Jinggoy, you should know your Law. Your reference to PD 1902 is actually PD 1602. This law was not superseded by RA9287 but rather RA9287 amended some provisions and Increased the penalty on illegal gambling. Nowhere in RA 9287 stated that Bingo is no longer illegal. Bingo still falls under Section 2A of RA9287 which defines Illegal Numbers Game as any form of illegal gambling activity which uses numbers or combinations thereof as factors in giving out jackpots. Likewise, Senator Pimentel, you are also wrong in your statement that Isko did not violate illegal gambling gambling since they played in a residential area. According to Law, it is not residential area but “confined in a residence”. This means that you can play mahjong among your family within your own residence. This exclude when you allow your residence for different people to play. Do you mean that the 500 people playing bingo is not much big to occupy one residence?

  • jgl414567

    I have changed my mind about voting for Koko panig pala ito sa mga Estrada!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_YAU43R25CAHGNYPHE6HLAM3V6Y Benjamin

    Wala pa yata sa katinuan itong si Koko..yung tatse ni Golez hugasan mo muna sa bumbunan mo ..Ito namang Junggoy hinde ka na dapat sumawsaw totoo naman laseng tatay mo noong pumunta sa presinto hinde nga makapagsalita ng matino..mga bulok kayo…



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