Authorities swooped down on two illegal online gambling operations dens in Makati and Quezon cities last week, leading to the arrest of more than 700 betting agents.
The owner and operator of the online gambling operation, Canadian Calvin Wilson Ayre, was out of the country during the raid.
Ayre is wanted by the US Homeland Security for embezzlement, non-payment of taxes in the US and in Canada, and money laundering.
Surprisingly, the third most wanted man by the US authorities was able to open an online gambling business in the country using a local license, the First Cagayan Leisure and Resort Inc.
But the license, reportedly owned by Rep. Albee Benitez, was only good inside the Cagayan Export Processing Zone (CEPZ) in Santa Ana, Cagayan, yet the lawmaker allegedly allowed Ayre to use it for his operations in the National Capital Region.
The question now is whether or not Cong. Benitez was aware that Ayre was a fugitive.
The gaming license is only valid inside the economic zone in Cagayan. Why did Benitez allow it to be used in Metro Manila by Ayre?
Cong. Benitez has a lot of explaining to do.
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Dellosa lording it over at BOC
Reports have been going around at the Bureau of Customs (BOC) that Deputy Commissioner and former AFP Chief Jessie Dellosa is now in charge of the bureau.
Highly reliable sources within the BOC said Dellosa does not follow orders anymore from Customs Commissioner Ruffy Biazon.
In an interview over Radyo 5 on Monday, Biazon had this to say to Dellosa and the other retired officer of the AFP now serving at the BOC: “Sana sumunod din sila sa chain of command tulad ng sa AFP dahil isa lang ang commissioner sa Customs.”
The problem started last month when Dellosa, who is the head of the intelligence and enforcement group, asked Biazon to issue countless of alert orders or AOs to inspect numerous containers arriving at the South Harbor.
The inspection drew the ire of brokers and importers.
Biazon immediately stopped the issuance of AOs and ordered his men to cease all physical inspection of containers and directed the bureau’s x-ray division to intensify its operations instead
But Dellosa never heeded the call of his boss. He ordered that almost all containers will now undergo spot checking from his men.
Sources said the bureau’s rank and file are now in a dilemma as to who to follow. Will it be Biazon or Dellosa?
The same sources claim that Dellosa has been eyeing the post of Biazon since he arrived at the bureau last month. And he may just get it!
Am I right Secretary Allan Purisima?