SANTIAGO CITY: A “Bingo Milyonario” retailer of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PSCO) has filed “robbery and grave misconduct charges” against five policemen for alleged illegal raid on its outlet here in the city.
The five policemen charged were Police Supt. Zaidee Daculug, head of the city police public safety company, Police Supt. Juan Aggasid, Police Supt. Victorino Valdez, Police Officer (PO) 2 Pedro Furigay and PO1 Claynard Ballad, all from the city police office.
The police officers said the charges have been filed before the regional Internal Affairs Office of the Philippine National Police at Camp Adduru in Tuguegarao City.
Michelle Martinez, authorized retailer supervisor of the said PCSO online gaming, said her lawyer has also filed charges of gross incompetence and robbery with force and intimidation against the policemen.
Lawyer Joy Cacatian-Barangan, counsel for the PCSO authorized retailer supervisor, said the PCSO here is also considering to file the same charges to include the city government chief executive and the city police director before the prosecutor’s office here for the criminal aspect of the case.
Reports said that on “verbal orders” of City Mayor Joseph Tan, the city police director Sr. Supt. Leon Rafael responded to have caused the raid on the said PCSO outlet in Barangay Centro East here on November 14.
Reports said that machines and other game paraphernalia as well as mobile phones and online facilities were seized from the said “Bingo Milyonario” outlet.
”The raid was conducted without any court order or search warrant as the police were merely relying on the mayor’s verbal order,” Barangan said in a statement.
But Tan said he has ordered the closure of the PCSO’s outlet here due to alleged “lack of business permit and other pertinent papers being issued by the city government” which the operators claim they are just conducting “pilot operations” since October.
”They could not even present pertinent documents such as mayor’s permit or a [PCSO] board resolution to prove that they are legally operating,” Tan said.
Barangan, however, said that “Bingo-Milyonaryo” online gaming does not need a permit from the city government since it has an authorization which was granted by the PCSO as a franchise.
“But all we want is their courtesy of telling us that they exist giving us an assurance that they will abide by the rules and regulations implemented by the city government,” Tan said.