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Malacañang finds 1948 law banning gambling on Rizal Day

cartoon, december 30, 2012

Attention gamblers: Sunday, Rizal Day, is not only a nonworking holiday but also a gambling holiday. Malacañang has found an old, little-known law that prohibits gambling on Dec. 30, Rizal Day. Republic Act No. 229 specifically prohibits cockfighting, horse racing and jai alai on Rizal Day.

Posted: December 30th, 2012 in Banner Story,Editors' Picks,Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

Appeals court junks jai alai suit vs De Lima, Robredo

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The Court of Appeals has dismissed the petition filed by a jai-alai operator to cite Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo for indirect contempt for cracking down on its jai-alai betting operations.

Posted: March 14th, 2012 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

PNP chief orders probe of jai alai in Bicol


The head of the Philippine National Police said he would investigate reports of widespread illegal gambling disguised as online lottery in several Bicol provinces amid complaints from residents.

Posted: January 22nd, 2012 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

No letup in shutdown of jai-alai bet stations

Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo. INQUIRER file photo

Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo and the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) will pursue their plan to close down jai-alai off-fronton betting centers, with the exception of those inside the Cagayan freeport. GAB Commissioner Mohammad Aquil Tamano told Robredo that the GAB had not issued Meridien Vista Gaming Corp. (MVGC) any permit to operate off-fronton and [...]

Posted: October 10th, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Tug-of-war over jai alai


The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) on Wednesday opposed the temporary restraining order (TRO) issued by the Court of Appeals freezing the joint memorandum of the justice and interior departments stopping the operations of jai alai off-fronton betting stations.

Posted: August 11th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Nation | Read More »

Crackdown on jai alai betting stations in Davao Sur ordered


Davao del Sur police chief Senior Superintendent Ronald de la Rosa said Tuesday he had ordered a provincewide crackdown on the so-called off-fronton jail alai betting stations.

Posted: July 19th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Firm stops taking bets to protect its workers


RAUL Banderas, spokesperson of the Meridien Vista Gaming Corp. (MVGC), said the firm has voluntarily stopped bet collection for jai alai games after Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo ordered the police to go all out against its operations. Robredo had given MVGC a permit to operate in Naga City when he was mayor there. “We no [...]

Posted: July 14th, 2011 in Headlines,Regions | Read More »

Jai alai firm owner hits back at Robredo


The head of the foreign gaming firm that operates the jai alai games at the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (Ceza) on Wednesday expressed frustration over what he said was the Philippine government’s failure “to offer protection for legitimate businesses.” In an e-mailed statement, Meridien Vista Gaming Corp. president Aitor Totoricaguena also denounced Interior Secretary Jesse [...]

Posted: July 14th, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Justice secretary questions validity of court’s TRO vs crackdown on jai-alai bet stations


The Pasay City court’s order to temporarily stop the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) to shut down off-fronton jai alai betting centers should not hinder the government’s crackdown on such establishments, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said on Tuesday.

Posted: July 12th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

Police ordered to close down Cagayan jai alai; 36 arrested

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THE GAME OF A THOUSAND THRILLS A pelotari  in action at the shuttered jai alai fronton along Harrison Street, Manila, then operated by Charlie “Atong” Ang. Photo taken on June 21, 2000.  ERNIE U. SARMIENTO

Interior Secretary Jesse Robredo is looking for a few good men. Riding on a Court of Appeals order, Robredo on Monday said he had directed the Philippine Natonal Police to close down jai alai betting centers inside and outside the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority. Apparently to show the government means business, police arrested 36 people [...]

Posted: July 12th, 2011 in Featured Gallery,Headlines,Nation,Photos & Videos | Read More »

IN THE KNOW: Jai alai

The Spanish Basque sport of jai alai was banned in 1987 by President Corazon Aquino. Jai alai operations were briefly revived in 1993, but the Supreme Court decided with finality in 1995 that the game was illegal. In June 1999, under the Estrada administration, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) reintroduced the game by going [...]

Posted: July 11th, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Jai alai off-fronton betting stopped


Justice Secretary Leila de Lima on Tuesday declared illegal the operation of jai alai betting centers outside the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (Ceza), and ordered the arrest of the operators of off-fronton stations and those collecting bets for them. De Lima said a Department of Justice (DoJ) legal study showed that the franchise granted to [...]

Posted: July 6th, 2011 in Headlines,Nation | Read More »

Cops to close down illegal jai alai betting joints


Off fronton betting stations for jai alai in some parts of Luzon, are now the target of law enforcers after the Department of Justice (DoJ) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) recently pronounced them as illegal.

Posted: July 5th, 2011 in Latest News Stories,Regions | Read More »

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