PNP steps up campaign vs ‘jueteng’



PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr. INQUIRER.NET FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The brushed up campaign of the Philippine National Police against the illegal numbers game “jueteng” has so far collared close to 300 individuals.

And, as in the previous years, it failed to net the big fish.

Despite this, PNP spokesperson Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr. said the police leadership believed that the reinvigorated operations against illegal gambling, dubbed “Oplan Bolilio,” were making a headway.

In a news briefing at Camp Crame, he said operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) had arrested a total of 277 jueteng bet collectors, bettors and “financiers” in 91 police operations nationwide since March 15.

He said CIDG agents also seized a total of P622,760 in bet money.

“With this number of arrested persons and confiscation of so much money, I can say the successful police operations had significantly affected the operations of illegal gambling syndicates,” Cerbo said.

“I would say that the operations led by the CIDG against illegal gambling had been very significant,” he continued.

Asked why the police had failed to arrest known jueteng personalities, Cerbo said: “You canot say that those arrested were just small fries.”

He pointed out that since most of those arrested were jueteng workers assigned to collect bets, the police had taken out the “critical elements” of the illegal gambling operations.

Told that the police had actually employed the same tactics in the past, the PNP spokesperson said the “strongly-worded instuctions” from Interior Secretary Mar Roxas and PNP chief Director General Alan Purisima might just make the difference this time.

“We expect the ground commanders to double their efforts as compared to what have been accomplished. If guerilla operations existed before, I would expect that these would be eradicated so that once and for all, we can solve this problem on illegal gambling,” he said.

“The instruction of the PNP chief and Secretary Roxas is to conduct relentless and without let up anti-illegal gambling operations.”

But INQUIRER sources disclosed that jueteng draws were still being held thrice daily in most provinces in Luzon and some parts of Visayas and Mindanao.

In Laguna, a certain Totoy Haruta, Don Ramon and Leo Loyola had taken over the jueteng operations in the third and fourth districts of the province while a certain Tita Dinglasan and Rolando Bustria were known to be running the underground lottery in the first and second districts.

A certain “Reyes,” meanwhile, was said to be operating jueteng in Batangas province using the Small Town Lottery (STL) as front.

Tony Santos, on the other hand, was reportedly running the jueteng draws in Rizal province and some parts of Quezon City.

In Cavite, police source said jueteng workers were using the jai-alai operations of a certain “AA” to collect bets.

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  • Ako_Hiking

    Good! It is about time that the PNP or anyone under the Aquino Presidency finally do something to stop jueteng. However, it is hard to decipher if this is all true or merely statements that will be used for the elections.

  • Noel

    Why don’t they arrest Pampanga’s Bong Pineda ang the Singsons of Ilocos Sur? They better shut up.

    • Weder-Weder Lang

      And Pangasinan’s governor….

      And the biggest jueteng operator of Laguna who’s under Ping Lacson’s protection. She’s known as Ka-Tita, or Selena Marantan-Dinglasan, the sister of Hansel Marantan. It was also in order to protect her domination of Laguna jueteng that Hansel went out to kill their jueteng rival Vic Siman…

      Mr. Roxas and Mr. Purisima, do you have the what it takes to take them down? Until now puro satsat lang kayo eh.

  • kontra_boohaya

    Seer, nambobola ka nanaman. Isn’t it the big wigs within are the most critical elements of jueteng? Baka sila mista mista na nasa regionional o provincial hierarchy ay bulag, pipi at bingi o di kaya cash-abwat sa jueteng? Otherwise kaya nilang timbugin mga operators, financiers at hindi lang mga cobradores at tayadores. Oops, ano nga pala labas kahapon?

  • david

    small time hinuhuli, eh yung mga protector andyan sa pnp mismo. wag nyo nga kaming pinaglololoko

  • 711sense

    The cops are using the same tactics over and over again ang its sickening because jueting operator are just running around them. Gen Serbo should be held accountable for him saying that they are successful in their drive against jueting. Ask him who or what is the name of the big fish that they caught… the answer is NONE. Instead, he spins the question and said, “you cannot say that those arrested are small fries” and the reporter/interviewer bought it link and sinker. I recently visited Negros Occidental, Iloilo, Davao, Baguio, Pangasinan, Palawan and Manila. I have seen jueting collectors in each place except Davao and Palawan. Jueting is there and it is just a matter for “true leaders” to stop it. The first and the most effective way is, if jueting is found in their jurisdiction after 3 raids, demote or remove the police officer in-charge from service instead of just merely transferring them. Reward those who stop jueting in their jurisdiction by promotion or cash incentives. Place a reward to a witness or witnesses against a jueting lord who gets convicted in court. Most importantly though, is to reinstate the death penalty to the drug dealer/trafficker and those who commits heinous crimes. We have laws in place for most crimes, all the authorities has to do is to implement it fully. If they don’t they should also be held responsible for their inaction.

  • superpilipinas

    Mababaw o mababa ang target nitong PNP against jueteng. Napakababa rin ng accomplishment. Pero obvious naman na kung bakit. Kung di mo alam, tanong mo kay Marantan.

    Walang kwentang balita ng Inquirer.

    Kung magbabalita sila, Ang minimum na accomplishment ay:
    1. May nahuling jueteng lord or kahit right hand man lang.
    2. May nabawing 10 Million Pesos. Pinakamaliit yan.

    Ang unang problema ay si Aquino. He broadcasted his plan to deprioritize eradication of jueteng. I can see why the jueteng lords are encouraged and why police would rather benefit from jueteng since their boss doesn’t care.

  • nano

    They know the name of Jueteng operators but they cannot arrest them .

  • DarkJustice

    kalokohan! Maglolokohan pa tayo! EH kayong mga pulis ang protector nyan! Imposibleng di nyo alam mga jueteng lord sa laki ng intelligence fund ng PNP!

  • farmerpo

    Na naman. Guys, bumaba ba ang lagay? Paano bang sabihin sa inglis ang ‘si Mar Roxas ay harapang tinalikuran ng gambling lord sa Pampanga’? when he said the PNP command in Pampanga has 1 month to get rid of jueteng or else… That was around six months ago.

  • agaylaya

    They can stamp out jueteng any time if they want to. Yung raid at huli ng mga small fries ay pinaparandam lang sa mga jueteng operators kung sino ang mga bagong “lord” at ano ang bagong terms and conditions for continued operations.Hays..yung matuwd na daan baloktot na baloktot na.

  • DarkSideOfTheMoon2

    nagsasayang lang kayo ng oras….

  • doublecross

    front lang ang jai-alai…..d2 sa baguio si domogan ang jueting lord.

  • disqusted0fu

    Is this stepping up already? Jueteng is probably the biggest illegal “business” in the PH. And they call the arrest of 277 people and the confiscation of P600,000 very significant??? The Atimonan killings that is believed to be caused by jueteng hasn’t even been resolved yet. The PNP and DILG shouldn’t dare talk about jueteng until they bust the big fish.

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