One of the two policemen investigated for alleged involvement in illegal jai-alai operations was cleared by the Bacolod City Police Investigation and Detective Management Branch, City Police Director Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz said yesterday.
De la Paz said that there is not enough basis to substantiate the allegations against Police Officer 3 Marlon de la Peña of the Bacolod City Legal enforcement team.
De la Peña was cleared, but de la Paz said, Senior Police Officer 1 Carlos Berondo is not yet “off-the-hook” as the investigation on his alleged presence in an apartment where a jai-alai raid was conducted still continues.
Berondo had initially claimed that he was in the apartment rented by an alleged jai-alai operator because he knows the owner, de la Paz said.
However, Berondo still has to submit an affidavit explaining whether he was there to visit a friend or because he is involved in the illegal numbers game, de la Paz added.
De la Paz said that Berondo will be meted the appropriate penalties once enough evidences are found against him.
De la Paz reiterated that any jai-alai off-fronton betting station operating in Bacolod is illegal as the city government has not issued permits for their operations.
City Licensing Division head Vicente Petierre III had earlier said that they have not granted any permit for the off-fronton betting stations of jai-alai in Bacolod.*APN