GENERAL SANTOS CITY–Police arrested at least 40 alleged illegal gambling operators and workers here in the last two weeks in connection with their renewed crack-down against “all forms of illegal gambling activities.” Sr. Supt. Romeo Ruel Berango, acting city police director, said Friday the suspects were nabbed during the 23 operations that they have launched in line as part of the intensi-fied campaign.
He said the campaign was among the top opera-tional directives he issued after being designated as officer-in-charge of the city police office two weeks ago.
The move was in com-pliance with orders from the Philippine National Police central office and the Police Regional Office-12.
“The arrested suspects comprised operators, bettors, couriers and other persons involved in various illegal gambling activities like last two, tari-tari and even hantak,” Berango said in a press briefing.
The police official said they confiscated some P14,505 in bet money that were used in the filing of 23 cases against the sus-pects.
“Tari-tari” is local term for the illegal neighbour-hood cockfights while “hantak” is a popular street illegal gambling play using coins.
“Last two” is an illegal numbers game where the winning combination is derived from the last two digits of the winning num-ber combination of the daily lotto draw of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
Police had noted that some authorized PCSO lotto outlets in the city double as “last two” betting stations.
Berango said he has ordered the city eight police precincts or stations to continue with their intensified operations against illegal gambling. AVE/PNA