7 arrested for illegal STL
Seven men allegedly involved in the illegal operation of Small Town Lottery were arrested by the joint operatives of the Bacolod City Police Station 4 and by the Regional Special Operations Task Group at about 3 p.m. Monday at Malaspina Street in Bacolod City.
Station 4 chief, Senior Insp. Dianne Grace Aquitania, identified those arrested as RJ Delfinado, 28, of Brgy. Balaring, Gary Acerda, 39, of Brgy. 5 and Jovan Corton, 24, of Brgy. Balaring, all of Silay City, Negros Occidental.
Also arrested were Javyee Razo, 33, of Purok Kawayanan and Johnny Pargoso, 29, of Abada-Escay both in Brgy. Vista Alegre, Jomar Saraga. 27, of Galo-Mabini Streets and Allan Reyes, 39, of Margarita Streets, all in Bacolod City.
In her report to the Bacolod City Police Office, Aquitania said the men were caught while tallying bets for STL, which is not allowed in the city.
Eight calculators, 13 ball pens, several tally sheets, a cutter, two stapler, bundles of betting stubs, and P1,200 in cash believed to be proceeds from illegal STL operations, were recovered from the suspects during their arrests, police records show.
Aquitania also reported the arrest of Andrew Da-ulong, 27, of Purok Pag-asa in Brgy. Estefania, Bacolod at about 9:45 p.m. Monday for alleged jai alai operations in the barangay.
She said the policemen seized a calculator, a stapler, four bundles of betting stubs, 10 tipsters with the codename “Guitar”, yellow pad paper and P50 in cash believed to be proceeds from jai alai operations were confiscated from Da-ulong when he was arrested.
Acerda, Corton, Delfinado, Pargoso, Razo, Saraga, Reyes and Da-ulong are now detained at the lockup cell of Police Station 4 and illegal gambling charges will be filed against them.*APN
BCPO, NOPPO top Region 6
anti-illegal drugs operations
While the problem of illegal drug trade in Western Visayas remains unabated, the anti-illegal drug campaign goes on without let-up, with Bacolod City and the Negros Occidental Provincial Police Offices the top performers among police units in the region.
Chief Supt. Cipriano Querol, regional police director of Western Visayas, has commended the BCPO, headed by Senior Supt. Ricardo de la Paz, for topping the list of successful anti-drug operations, especially in the number of arrested drug peddlers, with NOPPO trailing behind them.
Of the 123 successful joint anti-illegal drug operations conducted by the PNP and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Units in the past six months of 2012, 32 were attributed to the BCPO, NOPPO – 27, Iloilo City Police Office – 26, Aklan Police Provincial Office – 12, Iloilo PPO – 11, Capiz PPO – 7, Antique PPO - Regional Anti-Illegal Drugs Special Operations Task Group – 3 and Guimaras PPO – 1.
In the same period, BCPO also arrested 64 drug personalities; NOPPO, 31; Iloilo City Police Office, 30; Aklan PPO, 16; Capiz PPO,10; Antique PPO, and RAIDSOTG, four each; and one in Guimaras, police records show.
While the campaign to stop the proliferation of illegal drugs in the region remains a big challenge to the Police Regional Office 6, Querol said the problem can still be solved with the involvement of the community and strong support of local government units and other government agencies, especially the PDEA.
“I am very pleased to know that our operatives are working hard in implementing our mandate to support the PDEA in all anti-illegal drug operations to dwindle or even stop the illegal drug activities here in the region,” Querol said, as he singled out the BCPO for being a consistent top performer in the anti-drug campaign, since last year.*GPB