WHAT many Filipinos, notably in the countryside, must do now is to rethink their whole idea that gambling, like the highly-popular “bingo” and the favorite numbers game “jueteng,” is a pastime.
This, after the Philippine National Police (PNP), headed by four-star General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, launched its “One-Time, Big-Time” (OTBT) campaign against illegal gambling in the country.
Also prohibited are other illegal gambling activities such as “tong-its,” “pusoy,” “sakla,” “illegal cockfighting,” “lotteng,” “video-karera” as well as color games and “mahjong,” where money is at stake.
Under the anti-gambling operations, the nation’s 17 police regional offices, including the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), have stepped up the drive against all forms of illegal gambling.
The launching of the elaborately-orchestrated operations against illegal gambling not only in Metropolitan Manila but throughout the country is in line with the “no-take” policy of the new PNP chief.
The country’s anti-illegal gambling rules, regulations and laws include Republic Act (RA) No. 9287 and Presidential Decree (PD) No. 1602 as well as municipal and city ordinances.
The OTBT drive targets bettors, personnel or staff of illegal numbers game operation, collectors, maintainers, managers or operators, financiers as well as protectors and coddlers.
Of course, the Filipino people are heartened that the administration of President Duterte, through the PNP, has launched a determined campaign against illegal gambling across the country.
In the view of many, it is a step in the right direction which everybody, without second thoughts, ought to applaud and support as the end of the Duterte government fast approaches.
We are all for this.