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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, February 21, 2011
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EB Magalona gets
P1M STL share


E.B. Magalona Mayor David Albert Lacson yesterday said his town is getting a P1 million share every year, from the state-managed Small Town Lottery operations.

Lacson said the P1 million goes directly to various programs and projects of the EB Magalona Social Welfare and Development Office.

Even the Philippine National Police has a certain percentage share from STL operations.

Except for the government-sanctioned STL  operations, Lacson said illegal gambling, especially jai-alai, does not exists 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 ordered Friday the relief of t PO3 Willard Jimenez and PO2 Bobby Cordero for alleged discourtesy, after they both figured in a heated argument with operatives of the Anti-Illegal Gambling Task Force headed by Inspector Vanessa Sonoy, who were on anti-illegal gambling operations in Cadiz City.

Cadiz City was among the areas in Negros Occidental mentioned by Guisihan, where illegal gambling, especially jai-alai,  remains unabated.

Guisihan hinted that the cities of Cadiz and Escalante, as well as Moises Padilla town, 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.

He has ordered all police chiefs in Negros Occidental to prepare to vacate their posts effective March 1.

On the other hand, Rep. Alfredo  Bantug-Benitez (Neg. Occ., 3rd district) said the legality of jai-alai was recently tackled by the Committee on Games and Amusement of the House of Representatives.

Benitez said questions were raised on the authority of the Cagayan Valley Economic Zone, to extend the operation of jai-alai all over the country.

“Jai-alai can only be authorized by Congress,” he stressed.*GPB



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