ICPO wary of surge in illegal gambling activities

first_imgILOILO City – The enhanced communityquarantine could drive economically-displaced people to play games of chancefor money. On March 23, the following were caughtin Barangay Quintin Salas, Jaro: Mary Cris Sara, 29; Brixo Liboon, 59; andVictor Villarin, 47, all of Barangay MV Hechanova, Jaro. The five recent anti-illegal gamblingpolice operations were conducted in the City Proper and Jaro district. The quarantine is being imposed tostop the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). The very limitedmovement of people and unavailability of public transport have forced manypublic and private businesses and offices to temporarily shut down, leavingpeople out of work and income-less. Also arrested on March 29 for “pusoy”but in Barangay Rizal Pala-Pala were Marvin Ilastron, 36; Remando Avilla, 55;Allan Arcones, 50; Carlos Nacaase, 42, of Barangay Tanza Timawa, Zone II, CityProper; and Joem Palomo for illegal cock derby. On March 29 the following persons werearrested in Barangay Tanza Timawa, City Proper for “pusoy”:  Rodolfo Cuambot, 30, and relatives, Ronil Cuambot,30; Joey Carbaquil, 35; Joebert Carbaquil, all of Barangay Washington,Escalante City, Negros Occidental; Oliver Cuambot, 28, of Sigma, Capiz;Bonifacio Jaspe, 31, of Cadiz City, Negros Occidental; Ronel Faigones, 18, ofBarangay Tigmarabo, Miag-ao, Iloilo; and RJ Labrador, 32, of Perasol Street,Binagawan, Iloilo. On the other hand, Rodolfo Bajade, 24,of Barangay South Fundidor, Molo district and Julius Borro, 25, of BarangayCalaparan, Arevalo district were also arrested. In the same period last year, the citypolice carried out only one anti-illegal gambling operation, said PoliceCaptain Shella Mae Sangrines, city police office information officer. The Iloilo City Police office (ICPO)is wary of a surge in illegal gambling activities. Seventeen people were arrested forillegal gambling here in five police operations from March 20 to 30, ICPO datashowed. On the other hand, the ICPO recordedonly two cases of theft between March 20 to 30. Last year in the same period,it monitored 13 cases./PNlast_img read more