WV cops on alert vs ‘bookies’ operations

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Police in Western Visayas are on alert against “bookies” operations following the suspension of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)-sanctioned games.

Western Visayas police chief P/Brig. Gen. Rene Pamuspusan ordered operations against bookies and operators who will take advantage of the closure of PCSO games.

“We are determined to maintain our vigilance against all forms of illegal gambling. We expect that this is a big step towards putting a stop to corruption in PCSO and putting a stop to other illegal gambling such as bookies,” he said (

Earlier, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the suspension of PCSO-sanctioned games due to reported corruption.

Since Saturday, police were mobilized to ensure that all PCSO games cease operations.

In Iloilo City, police units implemented the closure of 75 Small Town Lottery (STL), lotto, and Keno outlets.

The Iloilo Police Provincial Office closed down 155 PCSO-sanctioned gambling operations – 93 STL outlets and its main station, 53 lotto outlets, and 8 Keno outlets.

Police Colonel Martin Defensor Jr., Iloilo City police director, said the number does not include small tables of STL, which was also stopped.

But Defensor said he does not think that illegal gambling like STL bookies will proliferate in his area.

Meanwhile, the PRO-6 said anyone caught engaging in any gambling scheme will be arrested and charged for illegal gambling.

Pamuspusan urged public to cooperate and help in the dissemination of Duterte’s order.