BACOLOD CITY, May 20 (PNA) — Reelected Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. of Negros Occidental declared an all-out war against all forms of illegal gambling and illegal fishing in 32 local government units in the province.
Marañon has directed Negros Occidental Police Office OIC Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Cruz to go after the two most rampant problems, especially in northern and southern part of the province.
“Gambling destroys the lives of the people especially the poor. They will spend whatever money they have even if it is for their food just to bet in jai-alai or daily double,” the governor lamented.
Without naming names, Marañon claimed that illegal gambling proliferates especially in the north because it is protected by some political leaders there.
As to the province’s campaign against illegal fishing, Marañon said he will ask the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) to investigate reports of illegal fishing of commercial fishing trawlers in southern Negros.
“It is their job to enforce the law. The provincial government does not have enough personnel to go after these (erring commercial fishing vessel operators) that adversely affect the livelihood of the small fishermen,” he said. (PNA)