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Jai alai workers freed

/ 12:10 AM May 06, 2017

DAGUPAN CITY—Fifty-seven employees of Meridien Vista Gaming Corp. (MVGC) were arrested by National Bureau of Investigation agents in Urbiztondo town on Wednesday on a charge of illegal gambling, but were ordered released by a Pangasinan prosecutor on Thursday.

San Carlos City inquest prosecutor, Gil Rosario, dismissed the complaints against the employees filed by the agents who raided the MVGC office in the town.

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He ordered the NBI to immediately release the employees unless it could find other legal grounds for their continued detention.

Armed with a search warrant, the agents raided the house of Rudy de los Santos that served as MVGC office in Barangay Poblacion in Urbiztondo.

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During the inquest, lawyer Liwawa Siapno, MVGC counsel, said the firm was “duly authorized and licensed to operate.” She presented a Court of Appeals resolution in 2011 stopping the Department of Justice and the Department of the Interior and Local Government from staging a crackdown on MVGC’s jai alai betting and gaming stations. —GABRIEL CARDINOZA

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