Legazpi City (Jan. 10, 2017) – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has already detailed plans ready for the implementation of their campaign against illegal gambling in the country.
According to Police Director General Reynaldo ‘Bato’ de la Rosa, the plans are patterned after the Oplan Tokhang and Oplan Double Barrel of the PNP’s war on illegal drugs.
This means that police would also be roaming around to knock on doors and plead with people to stop their illegal gambling operations.
The head of the PNP said that they will be concentrating on flourishing unlicensed on-line gambling particularly ‘cyber-sabong’ or on-line gambling.
Included in the operations will be several number games not sanctioned by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR).
De la Rosa explained that this was the marching orders of Pres. Rodrigo Duterte following the anticipated success of the government’s war on drugs.
The general said he would be presenting the detailed plans to the president for his review and approval at the soonest time possible.
Meanwhile, media reports tagged a certain Manny Co, a Filipino-Chinese as being behind the biggest ‘cyber-sabong’ in country.
This operator purportedly rakes in about 2 billion pesos a month in bets.
It would be recalled that the president ordered the closure of a gambling operation in Pampanga operated by a foreigner named Jack Lam.
The closure paved the way to a bribe-giving controversy involving to officials from the Bureau of Immigration.
One of the campaign promises of Duterte was the shutting down of illegal gambling operations, a promise which supporters say, the president is going to fulfill. (J. Garalde)