Unsatisfactory work

Panabo city police chief sacked for uncontrolled gambling

THE CHIEF of police of Panabo City, Davao del Norte was the first casualty in the police one-strike policy against illegal gambling.

Supt. Julius Borja was relieved from his post last August 3 for his unsatisfactory performance against illegal gambling, Chief Supt. Manuel Gaerlan, the police regional director told TIMES yesterday.

Chief Insp. Frederick Deles immediately replaced Borja.

Borja reportedly failed to curb illegal gambling in his jurisdiction.

A validating police unit conducted an operation in Panabo and confirmed that illegal gambling still continued.

On July 24, Gaerlan issued a one-week ultimatum to all his chiefs of police and provincial and city directors to end gambling in the jurisdiction or they would be axed from their post.

Gaerlan issued the order after Police Director General issued the order to end all forms of illegal gambling in the country within 15 days.

Sr. Insp. Catherine Dela Rey, the regional police command spokesperson, said the police operation against illegal gamblers will continue despite the lapse of the 15-day ultimatum.

“The police chief may declare that there is no longer illegal gambling activity in his area of responsibility but a validating team will conduct an operation,” Dela Rey said.

If two police chiefs in the province or police station commanders in the city will be remised with their job, the provincial or city director will also be relieved from his position.

Based on record from the police regional office, at least 298 operations were conducted from Jan. 1 up to June 30, leading to the arrest of 475 suspects.

Police seized P112,000 bet money, 10 illegal slot machines and assorted illegal gambling paraphernalia. At least 276 cases were filed in court.

Meanwhile, Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director, Sr. Supt. Alexander Tagum, told TIMES that they conducted 26 operations, with 52 persons arrested, since the one-strike policy was ordered.