THE days of illegal gambling are numbered in the province of Cavite following the launching of the Small Town Lottery (STL) by 8 Level-Up Gaming Corporation, an authorized agent of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan said that illegal gambling has to be put to an end because it breeds corruption.
Balutan said that President Rodrigo Duterte’s order is to intensify operations against all forms of illegal numbers game like jueteng, masiao, swertres and “lamanglupa” which continue to thrive in some provinces where some police officers and local officials coddle gambling financiers in exchange for monthly payoffs.
The illegal numbers game operated by Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation (MVGC) and run by Charlie “Atong” Ang include jai-alai fronton in Cagayan Valley.
Present during the launching of the STL were PCSO Chairman Jose Jorge E. Corpuz, GM Balutan, representatives from the office of Gov. Atty. Jesus “Crispin” Remulla, Cavite local executives, Cavite Philippine National Police (PNP) and other local government units.
According to Authorized Agent Corporation (AAC) 8 Level Up Gaming Corporation head Enrico “Oki Dok” Tiamson, the STL will create more than 10,000 jobs once it becomes operational in Cavite.
Corpuz urged local executives and the PNP to arrest all bet collectors in Cavite run by illegal gambling operators.
Meanwhile, Bam Urubio, who was appointed by PCSO Chairman Corpuz as national coordinator of STL, said that the operation of MVGC outside the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) is illegal.