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10 police officials sacked over illegal gambling

Philippine National Police Director General Alan Purisima has ordered the relief of 5 police community precinct commanders and 5 intelligence officers for unhampered operations of illegal numbers game known as "jueteng" and other forms of illegal gambling activities within their areas of jurisdiction. Purisima said the erring officers were relieved from their posts in line with the “one-strike policy and no take policy” of the PNP on illegal gambling as strictly prohibited by the PNP Letter Of Instruction (LOI) 27/2012 pertaining to policy on campaign against illegal gambling. “The intention of the policy is to give the commanders in the field a chance to prove their leadership in the implementation of the campaign on illegal gambling,” Purisima said. He did not identify the erring police officials but mentioned where they were assigned. “Found remiss in their duty to curb illegal gambling activities in their areas of jurisdiction are 5 police community precinct commanders and 5 intelligence officers were from: Estero Ceado St., Quiapo, Manila; Cielito Homes North, Caloocan; Vicente Reales, Valenzuela City; Poblacion San Jose, Batangas; and Poblacion Padre Garcia, Batangas,” Purisima said. PNP spokesman Chief Supt. Generoso Cerbo Jr. said Purisima directed the regional, district and provincial directors of the National Capital Regional Police Office, Police Regional Office 3 (Central Luzon) and 4A (Calabarzon) to initiate administrative and criminal charges against the relieved police officers. Particularly in PRO 4A, there were reports that not only jueteng thrives like mushrooms but also some other forms of gambling such as the so-called “peryahan”, a common sight in town and barangay fiestas where some local officials, unscrupulous policemen and some members of the media allegedly served as protectors in exchange of weekly and/or monthly take. Jueteng also thrives in the provinces of Regions 1 and 2.
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