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Bacolod City, Philippines Friday, July 29, 2016
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Illegal gambling on the rise

Financiers of illegal gambling were reported to be taking advance of the massive campaign against prohibited drugs being waged nationwide by the Philippine National Police, by expanding their operations in several towns and cities of Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City.

Senior Supt. William Señoron, provincial police director of Negros Occidental, yesterday reminded police chiefs that they should not also forget their campaign against other forms of illegal activities, including the proliferation of illegal gambling.

Illegal gambling was reported to be rampant again in the cities of Bacolod, San Carlos, Victorias, Sagay, Cadiz and the municipalities of Candoni, Hinobaan, Murcia and La Castellana.

While the campaign against prohibited drugs has been given much attention, Señoron said it does not mean that chiefs of police will relax in their campaign against illegal gambling

Chief Inspector Dianne Catedral, spokesperson of the Bacolod City Police Office, yesterday debunked allegations that the campaign against illegal gambling has taken a backseat.

Catedral said their anti-illegal gambling may have gone unnoticed said, as the result of their campaign, may have not been given much attention compared to drugs.

Our campaign against illegal gambling is being conducted without let-up, she added.

There are four illegal gambling outfits reportedly operating in Negros Occidental, including Bacolod City, which are competing with the state-managed Small Town Lottery.

Financiers of illegal gambling were also reported to have been dropping names of high government officials, to protect their illegal activity.

A self-confessed financier of illegal gambling recently surrendered to the police, and clarified that he is not engaged in the illegal drug trade, contrary to claims. *GPB



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