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Babay binggo! PNP RO6 going out vs ‘pastime’ games

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Sorry, Western Visayas church groups. Even the seemingly wholesome bingo will no longer be allowed if the police in the region can help it.

The Police Regional Office 6 said pastime games such as bingo, bug-oy, and cara y cruz are considered illegal gambling under Republic Act 1602 as amended by RA 9287.

“Nothing will be spared, included the last two and first two games,” said PRO-6 spokesperson Chief Inspector Joem Malong.

Malong said that while bingo and even bug-oy are “pastime” games, “they are considered as illegal.”

“The directive is for us to go after these illegal games,” he said.

Last April 10, police in Roxas City arrested six people caught playing bingo at Barangay Baybay.

Recovered were bingo game paraphernalia and cards, P229 cash, and a slot machine.

Police also arrested three women playing bug-oy at Barangay Singcang-Airport in Bacolod City.

Recovered from the scene were three shells locally known as “batad” and P280 in cash bets.

Three men were arrested April 11 after they were caught playing cara y cruz in Barangay 2, Bacolod City.