2 alleged gamblers nabbed as Duterte orders crackdown  

TWO ALLEGED operators were arrested in separate operations conducted by the elements of Baguio and Buhangin police precincts, a day after the police created the anti-illegal gambling task force.

Authorities identified the suspects as Michael Aguan Inosito, 23, a Davco employee, and John Mabayaw Apostol, 27.

President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a directive for the Philippine National Police to crack down on illegal gambling. The Davao City Police Office, meanwhile, created a task force that will concentrate its efforts on arresting and building cases against operators.

Based on the records, Inosito was arrested for violating RA 9287 (An Act Increasing the Penalties for Illegal Numbers Game)  after he was arrested by elements of the Baguio police  on Feb. 15 conducted at Purok 4-B, Barangay Malagos in Baguio District.

Confiscated from his possession were one green tally sheet with different amounts of bets listed, one white booklet, and five pieces of P20-peso bill.

Meanwhile, elements of the Buhangin police apprehended Apostol on the same day for violating PD 1602 (Prescribing Stiffer Penalties on Illegal Gambling) in Barangay Buhangin Proper. Recovered from him were one set of playing cards and the P106 bet money.

Inosito is currently in custody of Baguio Police Precinct while Apostol is temporarily detained at the Buhangin police for proper disposition.

The task force, comprising personnel from the 12 police precincts and the DCPO Operations Division, was formed during security meeting at Camp Quintin Mericido in Barangay Catitipan, Buhangin District last Tuesday.

According to Sr. Insp. Catherine Dela Rey, city police spokesperson, they were ordered by the Davao Police Regional Office to launch four illegal-gambling operations in the city as part of their target. Camp Crame has yet to issue the mechanism on how implement President Duterte’s order, however.

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