The campaign against illegal gambling, especially in northern Negros, has netted 424 violators in about seven months, with about P4 million in bail posted by its financiers.
Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, provincial police director, said yesterday that several financiers of illegal gambling have temporarily stopped their operations, as they are having a hard time coming up with the funds to bail out their arrested personnel.
The average bail set by the court for those nabbed while engaged in illegal gambling is P10,000, with a bigger amount for repeat offenders, he added.
Lirazan, however, said that the two big-time operators of jai-alai continue to defy their anti-illegal gambling operations.
The Special Operations Group of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office have been tasked by Lirazan to focus their anti-illegal gambling operations on northern Negros, that are reportedly financed by a relative of a politician.
Lirazan said the police operations of almost seven months also resulted in the confiscation of P27,298 cash bets, 22 motorcycles, a trisikad and bicycles used in illegal gambling operations as well as 16 cellular phones, among others.
Of the 63 successful anti-illegal gambling operations, 39 were conducted in northern Negros, especially in the cities of San Carlos, Escalante, Sagay, Silay and Victorias, and the towns of Manapla, Calatrava and Toboso.
The police withheld the identities of the two prominent personalities, believed to be the financiers of illegal gambling operations in Negros Occidental, who are on the police watch list.
Lirazan, however, said they have been constantly monitoring them, while building up cases against them.
Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. had earlier ordered Lirazan to spare nobody in the anti-illegal gambling operations in Negros Occidental. *GPB