The Philippine National Police reaffirmed its commitment to crack down against illegal gambling, which will be supported by a “one-strike and no take policy.”
PNP chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda said order came as part of the organization’s partnership with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to stop illegal gambling across the country.
“We will not tolerate the existence of illegal gambling activities that prey on the most vulnerable members of our society,” Acorda said.
“Together with the PCSO, we will deploy all necessary resources and implement stringent measures to put an end to this menace.”
“With this strong stance, the PNP aims to leave no room for leniency in eradicating the illegal gambling menace,” he added.
Police officials found guilty of negligence or inaction in their efforts to stop illegal gambling in their area will be met with “swift consequences,” such as being relieved from their post and being charged administratively under the doctrine of command responsibility, Acorda said.
Acorda said that the one-strike policy will be applicable to officers one month after they assume office.
Part of the efforts to eradicate illegal gambling is the mobilization of the Anti-Illegal Gambling Special Operations Task Groups across the country.
The specialized groups will employ their expertise through intel gathering, conduct thorough investigations and execute strategic interventions, fortifying the nation’s fight against illegal gambling.