CIDG-7 identifies two unauthorized “swertres” operators
Iris Hazel Mascardo (The Freeman) - November 16, 2019 - 12:00am

CEBU, Philippines —  The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group 7 has identified at least two operators of illegal “swertres” in Cebu following the arrest last Thursday of eight people working for them.

Police Major Ronald Allan Tolosa, CIDG-7 deputy chief, said that Best Luck and Gemini were identified as employers of the suspects.

On Thursday, CIDG-7 operatives arrested Jasper Toñacao,19; Rosalie Lamban, 38; Carmela Tapic, 19; Marilou Taborada, 30; Eljun Fuentes; Sheila Mae Bacurnay; Radel Mae Bordario; and Gilbert Cañete for allegedly operating small town lottery (STL) outlets without authority from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

Criminal complaints for violation of Republic Act 9287 otherwise known as “An Act Increasing the Penalties for Illegal Numbers Game” were filed yesterday against the suspects before the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office.

Tolosa said Best Luck and Gemini are not authorized to operate “Peryahan ng Bayan” and STL outlets. He said there is no other operator in Cebu City that was granted permit by PCSO except Global Tech.

Tolosa vowed that more operations will be done as they intensify the campaign against illegal gambling. He said they received information that other than Global Tech there are other companies operating illegal “swertres.”

In fact, last Thursday’s operation was a result of the information they received from Camp Crame.

 “Naabot sa amoa diri na until now anaa pa gihapon pipila nga naga-padula  anang illegal numbers game nga dili under sa ilang management (Global tech),” Tolosa said.

Tolosa asked the public to help them by reporting any illegal STL outlet in their community.

“Dapat mahibal-an nila (public) kung kinsa tung authorized nga mga booth nga under sa peryahan ng bayan,” Tolosa said.

He also asked the authorized operator to properly mark their outlets for the public to easily identify the legal from the illegal operator.

“In coordination gyud sa mga operators, amo silang giingnan na maghatag sila ug information campaign drive na kani sila ang authorized booth para sa ilang management,”Tolosa said.  FPL (FREEMAN)

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