Mayor David Albert Lacson yesterday declared E.B. Magalona an “illegal gambling free town”.
Except for the government-sanctioned Small Town Lottery operations, Lacson said illegal gambling, especially jai-alai, does not exists in E.B. Magalona.
His claim was bolstered by the assessment of Chief Inspector Samuel Mina, E.B. Magalona police chief, that the town is 100 percent free of jai-alai operations.
Mina said STL operators would be the first to complain against jai-alai operations, if they existed in E.B. Magalona.
The “below par” performance of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office in the campaign against illegal gambling, especially jai-alai, was blamed by Senior Supt. Allan Guisihan, provincial police director, on some of his police chiefs, who failed to follow his instructions.
Guisihan had earlier ordered chiefs of police in Negros Occidental to prepare to vacate their posts on March 1.
The cities of Cadiz and Escalante, as well as E.B. Magalona, where the government-managed STL is affected by the proliferation of illegal gambling, are among the areas where police chiefs could be affected by the reshuffling, Guisihan hinted.
Mina yesterday clarified that it was Magallon, now Moises Padilla, and not E.B. Magalona, that was being referred to by Guisihan, as the area where illegal gambling was allegedly rampant.
Meanwhile, Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said Guisihan has done a good job so far.
Guisihan has only been in the post only months and he allegedly did a good job in securing the recent football match between the Philippine Azkals and the Mongolian team at the Panaad Sports Stadium in Bacolod City.
The governor said he has given Guisihan a free hand in the reshuffling of police chiefs in Negros Occidental in order to improve the campaign against illegal gambling in the province.
The governor said his instruction to Guisihan is to improve the peace and order situation of the province.*GPB