Is jueteng back in Camarines Sur?

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has terminated the authority of Evenchance Gaming Corp. to play the Small Town Lottery (STL) in Camarines Sur due to reported violations of the STL implementing rules and regulations.

Shortly after the jueteng lords and local officials learned of the termination, the police raided the draw proceedings of the firm and arrested some people, including three PCSO branch employees in Pili town. According to PCSO, the police action might have violated the five-day legal process for the firm to submit its motion for reconsideration. The ruckus, as I was informed, may end up in a legal case between the firm and the police raiding team.

As a result of the STL termination, jueteng has resurfaced in the province. This is a fact. National Police chief Director General Ronald M. dela Rosa should investigate this. Allegedly, the provincial police gave the green light to a group of jueteng lords to operate using STL as a front. At present, jueteng lords are using the daily winning STL combination numbers from as far as Albay, Camarines Norte and some towns in nearby provinces.

Two to three years ago, I heard from a close friend of Bong Villafuerte that an alleged numbers game operator was already a “reformed man.” According to a lady friend, the said person busied himself with business not related to gambling. In fact, I met this man once through said lady friend.

But is he back to gambling?

This might interest Gen. “Bato” because, according to an intelligence report, gambling operators in Camarines Sur are set to meet on March 2 to discuss how to intensify the operation of STL con jueteng in the towns of Pasacao, Minalabac, San Fernando and Milaor.

The termination of Evenchance, after all, is not a victory against jueteng or STL “bookies” in Camarines Sur as what Rep. Luis Raymund F. Villafuerte, Atong Ang and PCSO Director Sandra Cam were harping on during the Senate and House hearings.

In the said hearings, the resource persons repeatedly identified Bong Pineda as owner of Evenchance. They also said that Pineda was allegedly using dummies for the STL operations. Be that as it may, Pineda’s STL operations are now generating millions of pesos in taxes for the government.

Let’s wait and see who will be in the list of applicants for the re-bidding because I’m certain that the PCSO board will conduct a background check and strictly screen all interested applicants for the authority to operate STL in Camarines Sur.

 

FSSolmerin at [email protected].

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