It’s been almost a week now since the rampant illegal gambling operations in Metro Manila were exposed in this column, yet the chief of the National Capital Regional Police Office (NCRPO) has not lifted a finger to shut it down.
One wonders now if PNP-NCRPO Chief Supt. Carmelo Valmoria is really on the take from the Metro gambling operators after reports earlier said that one “Lito Aguas” introduces himself to gambling lords as the collector of protection money for the Metro Manila top cop?
Reports reaching this columnist say that illegal gambling betting stations, or “bookis in Tagalog, for horse racing and jai-alai, have mushroomed in Manila, including the proliferation of “loteng” (a form of illegal gambling that combines the result of the lottery and “jueteng”).
Quezon City, Caloocan, Muntinlupa, Pasig, and Marikina also reported to have an upsurge in “loteng”, “bookis”, and “sakla” (a form of card game during wakes) operations.
This column called the attention of Gen. Valmoria after an email was sent to me by a concerned citizen who is disgusted over the inaction of the police on this form of illegal trade.
I miss those days when the likes of Generals Alan Purisima, Leonardo Espina, and Marcelo Garbo were the chiefs of police of Metro Manila because the crime rate was down, and illegal gambling was almost non-existent in the national Capital Region.
Valmoria has no concrete solution to stop the “riding in tandem” assassins, the robbery syndicates, and the gambling lords operating in his area of responsibility.
Chief Supt. Valmoria is inutile and should be replaced right away!
A friend once said, PNoy would make a very good ally but the worst as enemy.
Former Pres. Gloria Arroyo, former Chief Justice Corona, Senators Juan Ponce Enrile, Jinggoy Estrada, and Ramon “Bong” Revilla can surely attest that being on the wrong side of the President is truly a nightmare.
While Budget Secretary Florencio “Butch” Abad, Political Secretary Ronaldo Llamas, Agriculture Chief Proceso Alcala, NAIA manager Angel Honrado, and a few others . . . know that being close to the President is a blessing and a protection at the same time.
Arroyo and the three lawmakers are now facing plunder charges before the court after Malacañang said there was sufficient evidence to charge them for stealing the people’s money. Corona, on the other hand, was booted out of office for amassing ill-gotten wealth according to PNoy.
Surprisingly, Abad and Alcala, who were handpicked by PNoy as members of his Cabinet shortly after he took over the Presidency, remain in office and still enjoy the “full trust and confidence of the President” despite being linked by pork barrel queen Janet Napoles and whistleblower Benhur Luy to the P10-billion Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF) scam.
Sec. Llamas was caught in possession of a high-powered firearm inside his car two years ago, and caught on video buying pirated CD weeks later. To people demanding that Sec. Llamas be charged, Malacañang said he should be given due process.
Airport Manager Honrado , despite being absent most of the time, and being tagged as an inefficient manager of NAIA, has not been replaced. Former Gen. Honrado was the aide-de-camp of PNoy’s mother, President Cory.
Indeed, the “tuwid na daan” policy of this administration only applies to its opponents and offenders from the general public as well. Friends, relatives, and drinking buddies of the President are not bound by this crappy rule.