AGENTS of the Philippine National Police Intelligence Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) simultaneously raided several illegal gambling dens in Bulacan province over the past few days amid complaints from the public regarding the local police’s failure to stop them, the Journal Group learned.
The raids came in the wake of Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa’s warning that all police commanders who will fail to curb down illegal gambling activities in their areas will be relieved under his ‘one-strike’ policy.
“I am serving notice to all police unit commanders that their actions in enforcing the campaign against corruption and crimes against public morals, particularly illegal gambling, shall weigh heavily in the succeeding rounds of individual performance evaluation to determine their competence to continue leading their respective units,” the top cop said.
A report from the PNP- IMEG said that the simultaneous raids on ‘peryahan’ where the illegal ‘color/drop ball games’ are being played were conducted in the municipalities of Guiguinto and Santa Maria and San Jose del Monte City on Thursday last week.
Officials said that ‘color game’ operators are known for offering monthly ‘grease money ranging from P100,000 to as much as P200,000 depending on the volume of their machines in one ‘peryahan’ only. The ‘grease money’ multiplies based on the number of ‘peryahan’ in a municipality which is usually being authorized by the barangay captain and the local police chief.
The raid in a ‘peryahan’ in Barangay Poblacion in Guiguinto led in the arrest of three men and the confiscation of two sets of color game boards, colored dice and P2,340 in cash bets.
Another raid in a ‘peryahan’ in Bgy. Muzon, San Jose del Monte City resulted in the arrest of three ‘perya’ employees and the seizure of P14,203 in different denominations, three color game boards and nine pieces of colored dice.
A 3rd raid in a ‘peryahan’ in Bgy. Poblacion in Santa Maria municipality at around 11:45 p.m. last Sunday likewise led in the apprehension of three men and the confiscation of P21,268 in cash bets and three sets of color game boards.
However, raids in ‘peryahan’ in Bgy. Pblacion in Bustos and Bgys. Dampol and Cutcut in Pulilan had negative results.
All arrested suspects are now facing charges for violation of Presidential Decree 1602 or illegal gambling.
PNP-IMEG director, Colonel Ronald O. Lee reported to Gen. Gamboa that they launched the raids amid several complaints sent to their hotlines regarding the presence of ‘peryahan’ in some parts of Bulacan specifically in the municipalities of Santa Maria, Pulilan,Hagonoy, San Ildefonso, Cutcut and Bustos. The complaints were sent last January 9,16, 18, 19, 20 and 22.