Anti-gambling operation yields bet collectors’ arrest

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VILLASIS, Pangasinan: Fourteen collectors of the illegal numbers game of “jueteng” were arrested here on Sunday in a series of anti-illegal gambling operations led by town’s police station. Chief Inspector Norman Florentino, Villasis police chief, identified those arrested as Oscar Rodriguez, 49; Teresita Rapason, 62; Rudy Fernandez, 52; Alberto Khan, 63; Fernando Lopez, 64; Rogelio Fernandez, 55; Bernabe Fernandez, 69; John Mingaracal, 40; Jestoni Manangan, 29; Juanita Sibayan, 55; Ricardo Almenida, 46; Antonino Fernandez, 63; Tomas Ubaldo Jr. 43; and Freddie Madronio, 48, all residents of Villasis and arrested at the public market while in the act of collecting bets. Policemen seized from the suspects’ possession various illegal gambling paraphernalia and jai-alai forms of Meridian Vista Gaming Corporation that is being used allegedly as a front of jueteng. The arrests were also made possible by policeman posing as bettors. The arrested bet collectors were brought to the Villasis police station for documentation and for the proper filing of charges in violation of Republic Act 9287 or the anti-illegal gambling act.

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