Police say no jueteng still in Pangasinan

November 30, 2010 at 10:11 am Leave a comment

LINGAYEN– Provincial police officials claimed the illegal numbers game jueteng is back after it was stopped middle of September this year.

“Negative,” Sr. Supt. Rosueto Ricaforte, provincial police director, sounding irked, said when asked if jueteng is being played once more.

He said he will never allow the illegal game to rear its ugly head again in Pangasinan and issued a warning that he will conduct raids on jueteng lairs of those who insist on operating.

“Kung mayroong magpilit, we will raid them. There are plenty of people who are getting involved when they should not get involved, ” he said.

“We will allow only legal games in the province, like Small Town Lottery (STL),” he said

The Provincial Board of Pangasinan has recently passed a resolution allowing STL operations in the province, listing the resolution in the “Other Matters.”

Ricaforte admitted that there were attempts by some known operators in the past to resurrect jueteng “but the police immediately thwarted their efforts.”

A text message sent to the Inquirer said several persons have resumed operations of the jueteng allegedly with the go-signal of a mayor, in the province.

Archbishop Oscar Cruz, head of the Krusada ng Bayan Laban sa Sugal, said several persons, including a national government official, are allegedly behind the illegal game in each district.

”Naghati-hati sila. There are old operators, there are new ones,” he said.

Supt. Wilson Lopez, provincial police intelligence officer, said it was true that there were attempts by several people “to operate on their own but we have been continuously apprehending jueteng personnel.”

He sent a report to the Inquirer showing that from September 9-November 20, the police conducted 18 operations against jueteng, arrested 67 bet collectors and confiscated a total amount of P21,145.

The operations are conducted in 12 towns, with the most number of arrests made in Umingan and the boundary of Umingan, Pangasinan and Lupao, Nueva Ecija.

Lopez explained that some collectors of small town lottery (STL) in neighbor provinces Tarlac and Nueva Ecija “encroached in adjoining Pangasinan towns to collect bets for STL.”

“But while they are collecting for STL, their activity is still illegal because STL franchises specify that they can only collect in their provinces. This is why we arrest the collectors,” he said.

He challenged the Inquirer to go around the province to check if there is jueteng in the different towns.

“It will be self-serving for us policemen to say there is no jueteng, so just go around to see for yourself and report to us the areas where the game is being played,” he said.

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