2 police colonels face robbery, detention raps


BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: Two police colonels and 12 others are facing robbery, unlawful arrest and arbitrary detention charges for raiding “state-sanctioned” online gaming stations here and in Cagayan and Isabela.

Charged at the Office of the Ombudsman were Senior Su–perintendents Ronnie Tapat and Remus Medina of the Cagayan Valley regional police office in Tuguegarao City.

Also included were Chief Insp. Julius Ordonio, Tugue–garo police chief; Senior Insp. Ronar Pacis, police chief of Baggao, Cagayan; Senior Insp. Alberto Mahor, SPO3 Cezar Malana, SPO1 Manny Viloria, PO3 Gary Bulauitan, PO1s Jonas Paet, Danilo Narag, Romerlito Pulido, Jimmy Javier and Mark Udaundo.

The complainants, Rogelio Carlos, Rosemarie Bassig, Joseph Cariaga, Jonathan Felipe, Virgilio Lagoc and       Edie Tagura, employees of Meridien Vista Gaming Corp. (MGVC), accused the police–men of arresting and detaining            them and confiscating their equipment without justifiable grounds when they raided their online betting stations in Tuguegarao City and Bag gao town.

They said the raids took place despite their presentation of documents, including mayor and business permits. Meridien has a permit from the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) to conduct gaming operations such as horse racing, dog racing, gambling, casinos and golf course.

But Cagayan Valley police director Chief Supt. Miguel Laurel described the charges as “simple harassment.”


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  1. Question to ask,
    1- Is CEZA or mayors authorize to issue Gambling permit.
    2-Did the PNP raided this place as a good policeman?or lagay wasnt offer or not big enough to go around.

  2. Philippine Games and Amusements Corporation PAGCOR is an entity which is a holder of a congressional franchise to operate casinos and online gambling. By virtue of law it can grant licenses and permits to corporations who wishes to operate a casino and online gambling PROVIDED that the prospective applicant is a holder of a congressional franchise before it can grant the licenses or permits.

    In the above case, Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) is not authorized by law to grant licenses or permits to corporations who wishes to operate a gambling or online gambling businesses. Meridian Vista Gaming Corporation (MVGC) must be able to present a license or permit issued by PAGCOR otherwise it is hereby deemed to be engaged in illegal gambling, CEZA is devoid of authority to issue a license or permit. Henceforth, CEZA, acted beyond the scope of his authority and is devoid of such power to issue and grant licenses. Police Colonels acted within the scope of their authority when the conducted the raid, made arrest and confiscations of the gambling paraphernalia. Confiscations as police powers of seizure are not robbery.