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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, August 19, 2011
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PNP probes cops
linked to jai-alai


Bacolod City Police director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz yesterday ordered an investigation into  the alleged involvement of two city policemen in illegal jai-alai operations

De la Paz, however, refused to identify the policemen until there is concrete evidence against them.

He has directed Supt. Leonardo Borromeo, head of the Intelligence Branch, and Insp. Homer Vargas, chief of the Investigation and Detective Management unit, to spearhead the investigation.

The two policemen will be under close monitoring and if proven guilty of the accusations, they will be meted appropriate penalties, de la Paz said. But he added that their attention will be called first so they can explain their sides regarding the allegations.

Police Regional Special Operations Task Group Bacolod team leader Insp. Mark Sigua yesterday said the reports about the involvement of these policemen in illegal jai-alai operations did not come from them.

Meanwhile, Bacolod City acting Permits and City License Division head Vicente Petierre III yesterday reiterated that the city government has not issued any permits for the operations of off-betting stations of the Meredien Vista Corporation.

Petierre was reacting to reports that there are areas in Bacolod allegedly with the signage of the off-betting stations of Meredien.

The Court of Appeals recently granted a temporary restraining order against a Joint Memorandum Order of the Department of Justice and the Department of Interior and Local Government, stopping the operation of Meridien Vista Gaming Corp. outside the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority.

But the police said the campaign against jai alai continues as the TRO only covers the off-fronton betting stations of Meridien outside the CEZA.*APN




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