‘Jai-teng’ could not be stopped  yet, says PD Lee

March 12, 2017 at 10:47 pm Leave a comment

By Virgilio Sar. Maganes
DAGUPAN CITY- ” There is still a legal battle at the Court (of Appeals) against Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation on its jai-alai operations in provinces, which are outside the Cagayan Economic Freeport Zone.”
This was bared by Acting Provincial Director Ronald Oliver Lee of Pangasinan Provincial Police Office (PPPO) during the KBP Forum-Pangasinan Chapter held at PIA Provincial Office at the People’s Astrodome here last March 9.
He said they could not go after them because the “cease and desist order” issued by the Court has been lifted.
” The issue here is whether Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation could operate outside the Cagayan Economic Freeport Zone in Sta. Ana, Cagayan,” Lee said.
He said there were policemen who nabbed collectors in the past but were sued in Court in Sta. Ana, Cagayan.

“Imagine the rigors they were facing. They don’t even have transportation allowances and legal officers to defend them. We have only one lawyer here in Pangasinan,” he explained.
Recall that in 2011, the Court of Appeals has dismissed the findings of a Regional Trial Court based in Aparri, Cagayan that issued a temporary restraining order(TRO)  and injunction order against the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) in favor of Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation.
In that same year, Meridien Gaming petitioned the Sixth Division of Court of Appeals to issue 60-day TRO to prevent the Department of Justice and the Department of Interior and Local Government  from enforcing a joint memorandum order directing law enforcers to crack down the jai-alai operations.
In September 2012, the Court of Appeals allowed Meridien Gaming to operate its betting and gaming stations within the Cagayan Economic Freeport Zone citing the GAB ‘s authority does not extend inside the economic zone.
The Court did not rule on the legality whether Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation’s  off-frontons betting stations could operate outside the economic zone out of delicadeza, the case being heard in another Division of the Court of Appeals.

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