‘Bookies’ office raided in La Paz

BY RUBY P. SILUBRICO

Thursday, April 20, 2017

 

ILOILO City – Policemen arrested two illegal gambling suspects from a house in Barangay San Isidro, Jaro district they believed was being used as remittance office of bet collectors of the illegal numbers game “bookies.”

In a joint operation, cops of the Jaro police station and Police Station 1 caught Reymundo Lanes and Ailyn dela Cruz around 1:45 p.m. yesterday.

Lanes owned the house, said Chief Inspector Aldrin Lamera, Police Station 1 chief.

The policemen received a tip from an informant that several “bookies” bet collectors were in Lanes’ house, said Lamera.

“The house served as remittance office of ‘bookies’. Some bet collectors already left when we reached the house,” the police chief told Panay News.

This was not the first time Lanes was arrested for illegal gambling. Lamera said the suspect was caught last year and was charged with violating Republic Act 9287 that outlaws illegal gambling.

But Lanes was able to post a bail bond of P20,000 for his temporary liberty, said Lamera.

Recovered from the house were P2,000 cash and gambling paraphernalia.
Senior Superintendent Remus Zacharias Canieso, city police director, confirmed the existence of “bookies” in the city despite the operation of the government-sanctioned Small Town Lottery designed primarily to stamp out illegal gambling.

He reminded his men to be assiduous in the campaign against illegal gambling just as they were persistent in the war against illegal drugs.

“Hindi tayo pabaya sa illegal gambling,” said Canieso.

In another illegal gambling incident, the village chief of Magdalo, La Paz district and five others were caught playing the card game tong-its in front of the barangay hall.

Policemen took Barangay Captain Johnny Dulia to the La Paz police station together with the five others on Tuesday around 5 p.m.

Two sets of play cards and P1,300 cash in various denominations were confiscated.

The five other detained men were Arturo Pabilona, 63, of Barangay San Nicolas, La Paz; Ronaldo Sanchez, 46, of Lambunao, Iloilo; Danilo Lajo, 57, of Barangay Jereos, La Paz; Alexis Jereza, 43; and Elsie Dojilo, 67, of Barangay Magdalo./PN