Illegal gambling charges will be filed today before the City prosecutor’s office against 17 persons apprehended during a raid at suspected illegal gambling den at Eroreco Subdivision in Brgy. Mandalagan at about 2:30 a.m. Friday by combined forces of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group of Negros Occidental and Bacolod City and of Police Station Starion 3.
CIDG-Negros Occidental head Chief Insp. Cesar Paday-os identified those apprehended as Helen Grace Mapa, of Solar Burgos street, Michael Maravilla, of Purok Cereza and Jomar Clemente of 24th-Calamba in Brgy. 3, Mark Sanchez and Revned Aludad, of Sunshine Valley in Brgy. Estefania, Lucia Benigay, Thela Junar and Rufina Noblezada, of Zone 11 in Brgy Handumanan, all of Bacolod.
Also arrested were Romeo Obliga of Brgy. Poblacion 1 in Sagay City, Herminio Linaza, of Brgy. Zone 3 in Talisay City, Albert Llacuna of Andrea Village Cadiz in City, Joeren Geavia of Brgy Camba-og in Hinigaran town, Negros Occidental and Arnold Villa, of Brgy. 1, Lemuel dela Torre of Brgy. Tangub, Henry Tongoy of Brgy. Sum-ag and house owner Joeanne Javier, Paday-os said.
The police recovered 18 assorted electronic calculators, 92 ballpens, 13 cellular phones, a bundle of tally sheets and pad papers with number combinations, four staplers, two two-way radios, several rubberbands, a stamping pad, three candles, a tipster with the codename “Deo Grande” and a bundle of control sheet with number combinations from the house of Javier during the raid.
Paday-os said that they conducted a two-week surveillance on information that bet collections from different parts of the province are being remitted at the residence of Javier. They secured a search warrant from Municipal Trial Court in Cities Judge Napoleon Diamante and raided the residence Friday, he said.
The raid is in connection with the “operation Roulette” launched by CIDG-6 Regional Director Senior Supt. Benedicto Gorospe aimed at curbing the rampant illegal operation of jai alai in the region, he added.*APN