Soccsksargen cops warned vs. taking illegal gambling bribes

The Police Regional Office (PRO) 12 (Soccsksargen) warned anew its personnel against accepting bribes or kotong from operators of illegal gambling and other illicit activities.

Brig. Gen. Alfred Corpus, PRO 12 director, issued the warning in a press conference here on Monday in the wake of the reported resurgence of illegal gambling activities in parts of Soccsksargen.

Corpus said he would not hesitate to recommend the immediate dismissal of any police officer who would be found violating the Philippine National Police's (PNP) no take policy on illegal gambling.

He said the policy prohibits them from taking bribes in whatever form, either material or monetary consideration, from illegal gambling operators, drug dealers, and other analogous illegal sources.

Erring policemen will be dismissed (from service) if proven involved in such misdeeds, Corpus said.

City Councilor Franklin Gacal Jr. earlier raised concerns over the resurgence of illegal gambling activities in the city, especially the community based cockfights and the last two illegal numbers game.

In South Cotabato, Governor Reynaldo Tamayo Jr. bared last month that they monitored several outlets for the "small town lottery" in the province doubling as betting stations for the last two.

Republic Act 9827 or the Anti Illegal Numbers Game Law defines last two as an illegal numbers game where the winning combination is derived from the last two numbers of the first prize of the winning sweepstakes ticket, which comes out during the weekly draw of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), and its variants.

In this city, authorities said last two operators derive their winning number combination from the daily lotto draws of the PCSO.

Corpus said they will strictly enforce the one strike policy against violators from among their personnel.

For those who think that they can hide their illegal ways forever, think twice because I promise you, I won't be that considerate and kind in dealing with you, he said.

Corpus urged the public to help cleanse their ranks by reporting policemen involved in various illegal activities. Reports and complaints may be sent directly to the PRO 12 chief's mobile numbers 0915 072 1748 and 0929 153 0219.

Rest assured that we will maintain confidentiality act on the reports promptly, he added.

Source: Philippines News Agency