LINGAYEN, Pangasinan: The Regional Trial Court (RTC) in Dagupan City has ordered the Meridien Vista and Gaming Corp. (MVGC) headed by businessman Charlie “Atong” Ang and its agents to cease and desist from operating “jai-teng” (a numbers game similar to jueteng) in the province until further order.
A four-page writ of preliminary injunction, a copy of which was obtained by The Manila Times, was issued by RTC Judge Florentino Dumlao Jr., dated August 6, 2016, was forwarded to the Philippine National Police, the National Bureau of Investigation, the Pangasinan PNP Command and municipal and city mayors.
The “jai-teng” operation reportedly rakes in about P1.5 million in bet collections daily from the 48 towns and cities of Pangasinan. Draws are conduct three times a day.
The numbers game was introduced by MVGC on March 7, 2009 here.
The court order stemmed from a petition filed by Anthony Ang-Angco, Alfie Soriano and Jose Millora, citing several grounds for “jai-teng” to be declared illegal.
The petitioners claimed that on April 1, 2009 the Cagayaan Export Zone Authority (CEZA) ordered the MVGC to cease and desist from operating their business game based on an opinion of the Office of the Government Corporate Council (OGCC) but was contested by the MVGC before the Regional Trial Court in Aparri, Cagayan, which issued of a writ of mandamus against the zone authority.
They claimed that the illegal numbers game activities were being conducted outside CEZA, particularly in Pangasinan, which is beyond the economic zone.
The petitioners said there is no congressional law granting the respondents to operate gambling outside the zone authority and that the MVGC license to engage in gambling activities previously issued by the CEZA had been revoked and not renewed.