In an operation against illegal gambling, fifteen people were arrested for violation of PD 1602 in Abra, Baguio City, and Kalinga on August 27 to 29 this year.

According to the reports submitted to the Regional Director, Police Brig. Gen. Ronald Oliver Lee, joint police operatives fifteen (15) individuals in six (6) different operation in the region.

In Abra, police operatives conducted anti-illegal gambling operation that resulted in the arrest of three individuals. The suspects were identified as Feliciano Requino, 68-year-old; Alberto Queza, 57; Melina A. Astudillo, 47, and Angelina Castillo, 60, all of Bangued, Abra. They were caught in the act of playing “pusoy” in their village.

In Kalinga, simultenous anti-illegal gambling operations due to the numerous complaints from legitimate operators of Small Town Lottery (STL) resulted in the arrest of Grace Agnaya, 42; Ronie Baruzo, 39; Denver Mocay, 40; Elmer Cacatian, 37; May Babalan alias ‘Bebang’ and Bension Dacio.

Meanwhile, in Baguio City, implementation of search warrant issued by Judge Mervin Jovito Samadan, Acting Executive Judge of RTC Branch 40 resulted in the arrest of Jaime Aromin Perez, 62; Cesar Balao Ligpit, 50; Rommel Carino Cayat, 53; Pablito Caro Gavino, 65; and Erbi Binag Ordino, 53.

Pieces of evidence confiscated and arrested suspects were brought to the respective operating units for proper disposition while appropriate charges for violation of PD 1602 (Illegal Gambling) is being prepared against the suspects. (Info from PROCOR-PIO)