BACOLOD CITY, May 24 (PNA) — Eight persons engaging in jai alai operations were arrested in various cities four days after re-elected Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. declared an all-out-war against illegal gambling on Monday.
Acting Police Provincial Director Senior Supt. Ricardo De La Paz said most of these suspects were caught collecting bets during the conduct of their synchronized operations.
The first to fall were brothers Ricardo Jhon, 20, and Rodolfo Manaay, 17, of Sitio Talabaan, Barangay Zone 1, Cadiz City on May 22.
On the same day, Manuel Bayot, 28, and Isias Gallo, 45, of Sagay City and Joeking Gomez, 40, of Victorias City were also apprehended for the same offense.
Three more suspects were apprehended on Friday in separate operations in Escalante City and Calatrava town.
These were Ador Moreno, 32, of Brgy Alimango in Escalante City, while the two others, whose identities remained unavailable as of press time, were arrested in Calatrava town.
De La Paz vowed that all their forces in the province will not tolerate all forms of illegal number games game, especially jai alai in northern Negros.
“There will be no let up in this campaign,” De la Paz said.
Earlier, Marañon reiterated that illegal gambling must be stopped for it 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,” he lamented.
“Now that the election is over, I am calling the police to concentrate on its campaign against illegal gambling,” he added.
He also disclosed that there were unscrupulous politicians in the north who act as “protectors” of these illegal gambling operators.
He added that these illegal gambling operators were the ones who financed the candidacies of these politicians during the last week’s election.
Since he was first elected governor of province last 2010 elections, curbing illegal gambling has been Marañon’s battle cry.
He called on the people to immediately report to the police if they monitor the existence of illegal gambling operation in their respective towns and cities. (PNA)