BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya: Despite the stoppage order by the newly installed governor, the illegal numbers game jueteng persists in the premiere towns of Nueva Vizcaya
In her Executive Order (EO) 4, Gov. Ruth Padilla has directed the local police for the eradication of jueteng and other forms of illegal gambling in the province.
Jueteng including other forms of illegal gambling here continue to operate in the province despite the new provincial administration’s order.
Jueteng bet collectors continue to roam around in the premier towns of Bambang, Bayombong and Solano where winning numbers are publicly posted in their gaming stations.
Padilla in her EO said “all illegal gambling activities of whatever kind and nature operating within the province must be stopped [and that]all persons who are engaged in illegal gambling activities must be prosecuted.”
The order also refers to the controversial online gaming of the Meridien Vista Gaming Corp. (MVGC).
”There were verified and confirmed reports [that Meridien operates]not in accordance with the legally allowable way of conducting its business,” Padilla said.
Catholic Bishop Ramon Villena, in one of his tirades against jueteng aired over the Catholic-run dwRV radio station, said that Meridien is only a front for jueteng.
”I have been urging the police to put a stop on Meridien operation because illegal gambling operators and financiers are only exploiting the gaming corporations’ legal papers as cover up for the continued jueteng activities here,” Villena said.
Police said they are monitoring 24 hours a day in compliance with Padilla’s order to put a stop to all illegal gambling here saying they need proof before they can arrest illegal operations.
Sr. Supt. Valfrie Tabian, provincial police director, however told media men that they are gathering evidence so they can file appropriate charges against illegal operators and bet collectors.
However, Tabian said they are more careful this time because Meridien here has papers to operate online gaming.
”But if found to be operating illegally we’ll arrest them,” Tabian said.
Recently, police raided on Meridien’s betting stations in the province but were charged instead by its operators before the courts.
The Spanish-owned MVGC is operating a jai-alai online gaming at the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority in Santa Ana, Cagayan.
Its jai-alai results were supposed to be the common winning number combinations throughout its area of operation.