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5 men held for illegal gambling in Munti

POLICE arrested five men, including a minor, after they were caught in the act of engaging in illegal gambling shortly after midnight yesterday in Mintinlupa City.

​Instead of heeding the call of government to stay at home, Christian Javier, 19, Joshua Garcia, 19 and 16-year-old minor chose to engage in playing illegal gambling locally known as “cara y cruz” at around 12:10 a.m. along Purok 2, Cupang.

They were chanced upon by combined elements of Muntinlupapolice and barangay officials of Bgy. Cupang who were conducting the implementation of curfew hours in the area, prompting them to accost the three.

However, Ivan Lex Valenzuela, 24 and Jefferson Garcia, 30, who were in the area intervened and even cursed, shouted and insulted the police officers, prompting P/SSgt. Larry Esperon and barangay watchmen Rondaldo Salvador and Jeff Claridad to arrest them.

​Recovered from the suspects were three P1 peso coins used as flipper and bet money amounting to P190.

​Case investigator P/EMSgt. Manuel Amodia said charges for violation of PD 1609 or illegal gambling, unjust vexation, alarm and scandal, resistance and disobedience to person in authority will be charged against the arrested suspects before the City Prosecutor’s Office of Muntinlupa City.