The National Police Commission will act on the reported involvement of policemen, either in illegal gambling or the illegal drug trade, if complaints are lodged at their office, Joseph Celis, its regional director for Negros Island Region, said yesterday.
But Celis said there should be complainants who will surface and testify.
“Writing is not enough because we can only use that as a point of reference,” he said.
There are two local government officials alleged to have been involved in the “bookies” operation of Small Town Lottery, acting as financiers, with some policemen also serving as protectors.
“If we investigate, someone has to surface and support his own actions on the complaints,” Celis said, as he emphasized that they cannot pursue the allegations without witnesses to testify.
With the expansion of STL operations in the Negros Island Region, the Police Regional Office 18 has been ordered to stop the STL bookies' operations, and other forms of illegal numbers games.
“Bookies” use the same numbers drawn by STL. Illegal bet collectors, referred to as “riders”, use the ID cards of STL employees, and collect bets that are not remitted to the government.
Celis said that they will not tolerate the involvement of policemen in illegal gambling, though he admitted that it will be difficult to prove, if no evidences are presented.
But illegal gambling destroys our community, especially the younger generation, he added.
There are reports that guerilla-type of illegal gambling operations in Negros Occidental have an estimated collection of P1 million a day.
More than 40 policemen in Negros Island Region were also transferred out of the region due to allegations that they are protectors of the illegal drug trade. However, the accusations against them have not been proven, as of this time.*GPB
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