The tug of war between the government charity agency and a city mayor in Isabela province has turned ballistic.
However, the chief executive of Santiago City, Isabela and members of the local police may have landed themselves in trouble for allegedly raiding a Philippines Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) bingo retail outlet in Centro East in Santiago City on November 14.
Lawyer Freniza Joy Cacatian-Barangan, legal counsel for Michelle Martinez, Area IV authorized retailer supervisor of Bingo Milyonaryo, said the raid was illegal and that they were filing charges of robbery with force and intimidation against members of the Isabela police for confiscating Bingo Milyonaryo machines, mobile phones and other game paraphernalia.
Jessa Carpio, outlet retail clerk, narrated that the incident happened on November 14, at about 2:15 p.m. when six policemen, without any court order or search warrant, forcibly entered Outlet 1 and seized three Bingo M lotto cell machines and cell phones, several tarpaulins and whiteboards and brought it to the 116 Station of Philippine National Police (PNP) Santiago in Malvar, Santiago City.
According to Cacatian-Barangan, she asked Police Supt. Zaidee Daculug, head of PNP Santiago, if they have any search warrant for raid, but Daculug admitted that they have none but a mere verbal order from Mayor (Joseph Salvador) Tan.
The police officer said the raid was ordered by Tan because the PCSO Bingo Milyonaryo had no mayor’s permit. This despite that the games do not need any permit since it is a franchise of the PCSO.
Bingo Milyonaryo representatives were able to retrieve the machines from the police and subsequently filed charges of illegal raid, grave misconduct, gross incompetence and ignorance were filed against the Daculug and his men.
Besides criminal complaints the PCSO Bingo Milyonaryo in Isabela through Michael Tattao, admin and sales operations officer, also filed administrative complaint against Daculug, Supts. Juan Aggasid and Victorino Valdez, Police Officer (PO) 2 Pedro Furigay, and PO1 Claynard Ballad before the chief of the PNP Regional Internal Affairs Office at Camp Adduru in Tuguegarao City.
Lawyer Francisca Yasay, assistant city legal officer of Santiago City, however, insisted that Tan did not approve the operations of Bingo Milyonaryo in the city because the games’ representatives did not make any courtesy call to him.
But contrary to Tan’s claim, representatives of Bingo Milyonaryo sent a letter to the mayor, which was received by his office on October 18.