By Anthony Giron
CAMP PANTALEON GARCIA, IMUS — The Cavite Police Provincial Office (PPO) has pitched for “zero-illegal gambling” with the drive being taken by its officers against the prohibited games in the turf.
Superintendent Gregorio Garcia Evangelista, Cavite PPO deputy director for administration, said that illegal games can now be declared “nil” as the police have not sighted one these days in the province’s seven districts.
“Wala na, kahit yung sacla sa patay, lahat hinuhuli kahit yung sugal na domino o cara y cruz, walang exemption,” Evangelista told this reporter on Thursday at his office in this camp. (Even “sacla” (old Spanish card games) in wakes are nil, all even domino (numbers tile game) and coin game “cara y cruz” are being apprehended.
Evangelista said that the PPO and the local police will arrest those who will defy the drive against illegal gambling.
Senior Superintendent Arthur Velasco Bisnar, PPO director, directed earlier his operating units and the chiefs of police of seven cities and 16 municipalities to be on guard against illegal gambling, aside from the prohibited drugs.
The PPO officers earlier called on the media and the public to help the police by reporting the existing games in the area.
Illegal gambling was observed to have ceased operations with the drive launched by the PPO in the turf. Director General Ronald “Bato” de la Rosa, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), ordered earlier the anti-gambling drive nationwide.
Among the prohibited games being watched by police in in Cavite’s upland and lowland districts are “sacla,” especially those in vigil parties, “bookies” (illegal horse race and “EZ-2” and “STL” (Small Town Lottery) betting stations)“tupada” (illegal cockfight) , and the “electronics” such as “video –karera,” and the “so-called “fruit games,” billiards betting, “majhong” (character tile game) and other card games like “pusoy” (local poker), “Lucky 9” and “Black Jack.”
The Cavite PPO was among the first police commands which acted against the prohibited games.
Local officials and police officers were one in saying that there should be a united stand against illegal gambling, just like prohibited drugs, to get rid of the vices in the jurisdiction.
President Duterte has denounced illegal gambling after launching the all-out war against drugs, saying that gambling “breeds corruption.”