Philippine National Police (PNP) announced on Monday “an all out war” against illegal gambling after being booted out from President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs. But this time, it won’t be bloody as it claimed the lives of more than 7,000 drug suspects.
PNP Chief, Director General Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa made the announcement following the issuance of an Executive Order by President Duterte to do “an all out war” against illegal gambling.
The Department of Justice, (DOJ), Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) will coordinate with PNP, National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and other enforcement agencies to intensify the national campaign against illegal gambling.
According to Dela Rosa this new order of the PNP compromised a wider range of anti-illegal-gambling efforts to enforce Presidential Decree (PD) 1602, prescribing stiffer penalties on illegal gambling; and Republic Act 9287, the law increasing the penalties for illegal-numbers games and amending certain provisions of PD 1602.
All police regional offices are already prepared to conduct big-time operations against illegal gambling in different areas and to keep the regions free from gambling.
Hence, the purpose of this national advocacy is to get rid of all forms of illegal gambling that contribute to moral decay and to provide economic support system that continues other form of illegal activities in the country.
Meanwhile, Dela Rosa expressed his gladness towards the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) successfully established government- operated Small town Lottery in various parts of the country as an effective way to keep illegal-gambling operators out of the business.
Furthermore, Dela Rosa also emphasized that if illegal-gambling is left unchecked it will also cause corruption and may mutate to other forms of crime like money-laundering, kidnapping, illegal-vices and even drug-trafficking.
They also assure that rogue policemen will not be able to use leverage the crackdown for extortion and other criminal activities just like what happened last year to a South Korean Jee Ick-Joo who was victimized under the guise of anti-drug operation.
Dela Rosa also stated that he is confident that the government can radically reduce illegal gambling within six months.