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NCRPO Arrests 13 Suspects In An Anti Gambling Ops In Quezon City

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Relentless efforts in combatting illegal gamblers in the region continues as the Regional Special Operations Unit together with the personnel of Police Station 5, Quezon City Police District, successfully conducted an operation at about 6:00 of September 10, 2019 at Block 1, Lot 24, Agoncillo Street, Brgy Sta. Lucia, Novaliches, Quezon City which resulted in the arrest of (13) thirteen suspects.

Said drive was held following the directives of PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE and Chief, PNP, PGEN OSCAR DAVID ALBAYALDE to intensify the campaign against all forms of illegal Gambling including the shutdown of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s (PCSO) gaming such as lotto and Small Town Lottery (STL); and in consonance with the Executive Order No. 13 dated February 2, 2017 known as Strengthening the Fight against Illegal Gambling and Clarifying the Jurisdiction and Authority of concerned Agencies in the Regulation and Licensing of Gambling and Online Gaming Facilities, and for Other Purposes.

The arrested suspects were identified as follows:

a. Aldwin Elic y Braga @ “PIDO”, 43 years old, male, (DOB: Novemer 24,1975), married, resident of No. 3 Gumamela Street, Roxas District, Quezon City (Personnel or Staff of Illegal Numbers Game Operation /Runner/Bet Collector);
b. Ronelio Malabanan y Ramos @ “Rolly“, 54 years old, male (DOB: January 5,1965), married, resident of Block 1 lot 24 Aguinaldo Street, Brgy Sta Lucia, Novaliches, Quezon City/ Mamala Dos, Sariaya Quezon (Personnel or Staff of Illegal Numbers Game Operation /Table Manager);
c. Rustico Ilagan y Paro @ “RYAN”, 36 years old, male, (DOB: August 20,1984), single, resident of Granvillas, Village, Marilao, Bulacan (Personnel or Staff of Illegal Numbers Game Operation /Checker);
d. Larry Magcalas Jr. y Fernandez @ “JR”, 29 years old, male (DOB: April 30,1990), single, resident of Purok 5, Brgy San Isidro, Florida Blanca, Pampanga (Personnel or Staff of Illegal Numbers Game Operation /Checker);
e. Raymond Trinidad y Bergado @ “Totoy”, 43 years old, male, (DOB: February 15,1976), single, resident of 127-B, Tandang Sora Avenue, Pasong Tamo, Quezon City (Personnel or Staff of Illegal Numbers Game Operation /Runner);
f. Jepoy Landeza y Evangelista @ “POY”, 19 years old, male, (DOB: January 25,199),single, resident of Purok 6 Don Ignacio, Dimzon, Lubao, Pampanga (Personnel or Staff of Illegal Numbers Game Operation /Checker);
g. Avelino Macahasa y Alvarez @ “Abling”, 66 years old, male, (DOB: September 27, 1952), married, resident of No. 148 Brgy. Cigaras, Magdalena, Laguna (Personnel or Staff of Illegal Numbers Game Operation /Checker);
h. Cezar Somera Jr. y Magcalas @ “Cesar”, 29 years old,male, (DOB: August 27,1990), single, resident of Purok 4 Brgy San Isidro, Florida Blanca, Pampanga (Personnel or Staff of Illegal Numbers Game Operation /Checker);
i. Rolando Valix Jr. y Soliven @ “Lan”, 43 years old, male, (DOB: March 11,1976), married, resident of Block 1 lot 24 Aguinaldo Street, Brgy Sta Lucia, Novaliches, Quezon City/ Licor St., Poblacion Norte, Paniki, Tarlac (Personnel or Staff of Illegal Numbers Game Operation /Checker);
j. Joeward Ayson y Dulay @ “Wang”, 27 years old, male (DOB: November 18,1991), married, resident of Block 1 lot 24 Aguinaldo Street, Brgy Sta Lucia, Novaliches, Quezon City/ Paguiruan Florida Blanca, Pampanga (Personnel or Staff of Illegal Numbers Game Operation /Checker);
k. Efidencio Floresca y Avendaño @ “Boyet”, 58 years old, male (DOB: July 26,1961), married, resident of Lot 10, Block 15, Francisco Homes, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan (Personnel or Staff of Illegal Numbers Game Operation /Checker);
l. Ereneo Salen y Quitiquit @ “Eric”, 39 years old, male, (DOB: March 5,1980), married, resident of No. 106 Munding Avenue, San Roque, Marikina City (Personnel or Staff of Illegal Numbers Game Operation /Runner); and
m. Christopher Placido y Pumaren @ “Boy”, male, 41 years old, (DOB: Marc 3,1977), single, resident of No. 85 Sauyo Road, Brgy Sauyo, Novalisches, Quezon City (Personnel or Staff of Illegal Numbers Game Operation /Runner).

During the course of surveillance, the operatives chanced upon one (1) male bet collector in the act of collecting bets from the bettors of illegal numbers game commonly known as Loteng/EZ2. An operative of RSOU acted as a poseur bettor and was able to place his bet. Upon receiving the bet money, suspect was immediately arrested.

Few minutes later, after the arrest of the male bet collector, he pointed out the specific place where their collections are being remitted and along with the operatives. Hence, they proceeded at the target address and caught members responsible in the operations of illegal numbers game. Twelve (12) other suspects were caught while in the act of accounting their net collections and they were all put under arrest.

Upon the implementation of arrest, police officers immediately informed the suspects on the nature of their offense and were apprised with their constitutional rights but opted to remain silent.

The following pieces of evidence were confiscated from the possession and control of the arrested individuals:

a. One (1) piece of travelling bag containing assorted bet receipts “Lastillas” with written numerical figures;
b. Thirteen (13) pieces of assorted cellular phones;
c. One (1) piece of stapler with stipple wires;
d. Five (5) pieces of calculator;
e. Ten (10) pieces of assorted ball pen; and
f. Bet Collection money with an aggregate amount of Five Thousand Two Hundred Seventy Five Pesos (Php 5,275.00) in different denominations.

Subsequently, recovered pieces of evidence were later brought to RSOU’s office for investigation and proper disposition.

Criminal complaint for violation of P.D. 1602 as amended by R.A. 9287 (Illegal Numbers Game/Loteng/EZ2) will be referred for inquest proceedings before the Quezon City Prosecutors Office against the arrested suspects to include alias Alvin Quiapo (Maintainer/Operator) who remains at large.

PMGEN GUILLERMO LORENZO T ELEAZAR’s INTENSIFIED CLEANLINESS POLICY continuously earns positive gains in cleaning all forms criminality in Metro Manila. “Hindi tayo titigil at mapapagod na bigyan ng babala ang ating mga kababayan. Sinuman ang mahuli na nag ooperate ng illegal gambling ay mapaparusahan sa batas,” – PMGEN ELEAZAR.