Bacolod Police Station 1 commander, Chief Insp. Ulysses Ortiz, was relieved from his post effective yesterday, several hours after members of the Anti-Illegal Gambling Unit of the national Games and Amusement Board raided a room in a building in Brgy. 19, Bacolod City, allegedly used by jai alai coordinators.
City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, who administered the a turn-over last night at Police Station 1, told the DAILY STAR that Ortiz will swap posts with Operations Branch chief, Senior Insp. Lester Leada.
Contacted by the DAILY STAR, Ortiz said he has been very active in the campaign against illegal gambling and had a lot of accomplishments since he assumed as Station commander of Police Station 1 about two weeks ago.
In January this year, Ortiz was also relieved by Police Regional Office 6 Director Chief Supt. Cepriano Querol as Station 5 commander, also over rampant jai alai operations in Brgy. Granada.
An 18-man team swooped down door on number 3 of the Villanueva building at Galo Street in Brgy. 19, and seized a .45 caliber pistol, about 100 used bullets of the same caliber, several tipsters and tally sheets with number combination written on them, undetermined amount of cash believed to be proceeds from jai alai and an MK2 fragmentation grenade.
All the recovered items were endorsed to de la Paz at the GAB office at Luxur Place, Magsaysay Avenue, Senior Police Officer 4 Simplicio Carlos Cunanan, the team’s ground commander said.
Cunanan’s team also arrested 14 persons during the raid and endorsed them to Police Station 1, where they are now detained while illegal gambling charges are being readied against them.
Arrested were Rolando Borromeo, 56, of Brgy. Handumanan, Roberto Sua, 50, of Galo Street, Jerryn Diafante, 53, of Sitio Magsungay, Brgy. Singcang Airport, Santy Disucatan, 43, of Purok King Fisher in Brgy. 16, Jesus Marfil, 22, of Brgy. Mansilingan and Oscar Gonzales, 68, of Brgy. Villamonte, of Bacolod City.
Also arrested were Emmelyn Miago, 34, Jemmelyn Pasco, 30, Alex Sobarto, 38, Fritz Guinala, 21 and Raymund Quinlat, 23, all of Silay City, Micahel Perez, 30 CarlosKots, 54, of Talisay City and Mike Maniego, 30, of Murcia, Negros Occidental.
Cunan said GAB chairman Juan Ramon Guanzon ordered them to conduct the operation in Bacolod after receiving a complaint from a resident of Bacolod about rampant jai alai operations in the city.
Cunanan stressed that those arrested are into illegal jai alai operations as they did not present any identification cards that would prove the legality of their operations.
He also issued warnings to other jai alai operators in Bacolod and neighboring towns and cities to stop as they will not be spared from the GAB operations.
Cunanan said they are having a problem in identifying the head operator as those arrested were uncooperative.*APN