TWELVE persons involved in so-called ‘Lotteng’ activities in Metro Manila were arrested by agents of the National Capital Region Police Office on Saturday as it continued its crackdown against all form of illegal gambling activities, NCRPO director, Major General Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar announced yesterday.
The official said 11 of the suspects were arrested by members of the NCRPO Regional Special Operations Unit in separate operations in Quezon City, Parañaque City, Pasig City and Las Piñas City.
The suspects who were either acting as bet collectors or bet supervisors or ‘kabos’ were arrested past 10 a.m. Saturday along Dapitan Street in Barangay Sta. Teresita, Q.C. past 6 p.m. inside house no. 1748 Bagumbayan Street in Baclaran, Parañaque City; around 6:30 p.m. along Concepcion Street in Bgy. Santolan, Pasig City; and around 8:30 p.m. Saturday along Dahlia Street in TS Cruz Subdivision in Almanza Dos, Las Piñas City.
One of the suspects identified as Arthur Kaustenis was arrested after he tried to prevent the NCRPO-RSOU operatives from arresting his two companions in Pasay City.
He is now facing charges for obstruction of justice and direct assault upon an agent of person in authority while his co-accused will be charged for violation of Presidential Decree 1602 as amended by Republic Act 9287 or the law against illegal numbers game including ‘Lotteng/EZ2, Lotteng 6/42).
Eleazar said recovered from the suspects were several ‘Lotteng’ paraphernalia and cash bets. Six of them were arrested in Parañaque City, two in Q.C., two in Pasig City and three in Las Piñas City.
The NCRPO director said the crackdown is continuing amid President Duterte’s directive last July 26 to stop all Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office gaming activities including lotto and Small Town Lottery (STL) and following the Executive Order No. 13 dated February 2, 2017 (Strengthening the Fight against Illegal Gambling and Clarifying the Jurisdiction and Authority of concerned Agencies in the Regulation and Licensing of Gambling and Online Gaming Facilities, and for Other Purposes).
“This is also in consonance with the marching directives made by the Chief PNP, General Oscar D. Albayalde to intensify the campaign against all forms of illegal gambling particularly Small Town Lottery and other forms of illegal gambling activities which the winning numbers/combinations are being derived from the lotto games winning combinations drawn by the PCSO,” Eleazar said.
The Metro Manila police director reminded the public anew to refrain from operating illegal gambling as they will be meted with the corresponding charges and penalties under the law.
“Our campaign against illegal gambling will continue to crack down on syndicates who operate all forms of illegal numbers game in the region along with their protectors,” Eleazar said.