PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa yesterday said he will order the transfer outside of the National Capital Region Police Office of three local police chiefs he ordered relieved for their failure to arrest the proliferation of ‘video-karera and fruit game’ operations in their areas.
The top cop identified the three as erstwhile Pasay City police chief, Colonel Bernard Yang; erstwhile Muntinlupa City police chief, Col. Gerardo Umayao; and erstwhile Caloocan City police chief, Col. Noel Flores. “The three will be transferred outside of Metro Manila,” Gen. Gamboa told the Journal Group during his courtesy visit to the People’s Journal and People’s Tonight office in Port Area, Manila.
There is still no official word on who will replace the three. However, erstwhile Southern Police District director, Brigadier General Nolasco K. Bathan, whom Gen. Gamboa relieved in the aftermath of a series of successful anti-illegal gambling operations conducted by the PNP Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group was designated as the new NCRPO Deputy Regional Director for Operations vice Brig. Gen. Albert Ignatius D. Ferro who has been named by the PNP chief as the new Police Regional Office 7 director in Central Visayas.
Ferro replaced his classmate from Philippine Military Academy Class 1989, Brig. Gen. Valeriano T. de Leon who was assigned at the Office of the Chief, PNP.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. last Friday, Lee said that PNP-IMEG operatives conducted a string of operations in Muntinlupa City which led in the seizure of 13 ‘VK’ machines and 12 fruit game machines as well as P12,782 in P1 coins.
Recovered inside the Kelly Compound in Alabang which is under PCP3 were 44 ‘VK’ machines.
Another raid in Caloocan City area led in the confiscation of 2 ‘VK’ machines in Phase 8, North Caloocan which is under the jurisdiction of the Caloocan City PCP 3 and 2 ‘VK’ machines in Phase 1, North Caloocan which is under the jurisdiction of PCP5. Also recovered during the operations were P531 in P1 coins.
Another operation in Pasay City between 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. last Saturday resulted in the seizure of 7 ‘fruit game’ machines and P16,357 in bet money in Salud Street which is under the jurisdiction of Pasay City PCP 1.
PNP-IMEG officers also seized 13 ‘fruit game machines and 2 ‘horse-racing’ video machines and 2 ‘VK’ machines in Humildad St. which is under the jurisdiction of Pasay City PCP2.
Lee said that 4 other ‘fruit game’ machines’ were also confiscated in Tramo St. in Pasay City which is under the jurisdiction of Pasay City PCP 3.
The PNP chief has reiterated his nationwide order for a crackdown against ‘video-karera’ machines as part of his ‘no-take’ policy on illegal gambling activities even as he called on his men to arrest and charge ‘Chief,PNP name-droppers.’