A TOTAL of 10,561 persons allegedly involved in illegal gambling activities were arrested by the Philippine National Police (PNP) from February to June 16, 2017 while in Negros Oriental, 11 illegal gambling personalities were being monitored.
Philippine National Police (PNP) Public Information Office (PIO) head Chief Supt. Dionardo Carlos said that from February 3 to June 16, 2017, the PNP conducted 4,536 anti-illegal gambling operations that resulted in the arrest of 10,561 persons and seizure of P4,693,295 bet money.
Meanwhile in Negros Oriental, the Provincial Police Office is monitoring the activities of 11 suspected illegal gambling personalities in response to government’s campaign to stamp out illegal gambling nationwide and support to the government’s expanded Small Town Lottery (STL).
In a report submitted by Negros Oriental police director Senior Supt. Henry F. Binas to Police Regional Office (PRO) 18 director Chief Supt. Renato Amador Gumban, he said they are monitoring the movement of 11 personalities known to be engaged in illegal gambling activities in their areas.
Among those being monitored were Salvador “Jun” Garet, Bryan/Ryan Regalado, Bambie Calumpang, Pedro Divinagracia, alias Batchoy, Raner Divinagracia, alias Roner, Orlando Fonollera alias Lando, Marlou D. Ablay, alias Marlo Florendo D. Balubar Jr. alias Bongbar, Rizaldee S. Cortez, alias Ady, Tom Aledro, and Michael Vincent Lopera, alias Alo.
Based on the report, Garet is a close friend of Bambie Calumpang who was engaged in illegal gambling activities operated through cellular phone and text messages. The latter is willing to go on STL but could not afford to raise the amount for his bond to Four Aces for him to be allowed to handle STL in Tanjay City.
Accordingly, Bambie tried to borrow money from his friend Jun to raise the P5 million bond required from him by Four Aces.
Batchoy reportedly has a Lotto outlet in Sibulan, Negros Oriental while his brother Raner was previously into illegal gambling. When the STL started, the latter stopped his operation and secured a certification from their barangay captain saying that he is no longer into illegal gambling.
Just like Raner, Fonollera, Ablay, Balubar, Cortez and Aledro were previously engaged in illegal gambling operations but stopped when the STL started in their areas.
Lopera, on the other hand, joined STL under Benny Arsenias in Pamplona but the operation was withdrawn due to allegation of being engaged in “doble cara”.