THOUGH the Philippine National Police (PNP) has set up its own Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG), cybercriminals, including illegal gamblers, continue to victimize more and more people.
This, of course, is attributed by well-meaning quarters to the lack of financial, manpower and material resources of the elite PNP-ACG, which is headed by S/Supt. Marni Marcos Jr.
Specifically, the PNP-ACG’s total war against illegal online gambling is hampered by the lack of up-to-date forensic tools and other necessary equipment, according to Marcos.
“Hence, we sought the agency’s assistance so we could upgrade and develop our capabilities against unauthorized online gambling,” added the highly-effective PNP-ACG director.
It is, therefore, heartening to note that the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) supports the PNP’s campaign against cybercrimes, like illegal online gambling.
In fact, PAGCOR donated a total of P9 million to the PNP to support its nationwide campaign against illegal online gambling and improve the police agency’s existing traffic management facilities.
Of the P9 million, some P5 million will be used to buy computer sets, laptops, cameras, photocopiers and licensed software and hardware for digital forensics, while the remaining P4 million will go to the PNP-Highway Patrol Group.
It will be used to purchase traffic management and anti-carnapping operations equipment.
Supt. Jerry Empizo, also of the PNP-ACG, said that “if we have better and more efficient equipment, we’d be able to eradicate cyber-related crimes such as child pornography, intellectual property rights infringement, online swindling and financial fraud.”
PAGCOR assistant vice president for community relations and services Arnell Ignacio expressed the hope that the grant will enable the PNP to combat illegal online gambling and other cyber crimes.
The PAGCOR financial grant to the PNP-ACG is most welcome in this country, which is now teeming with cyber criminals.