7 held for illegal gambling in Ecija

CABANATUAN CITY -- Police operatives nabbed seven individuals during separate anti-illegal gambling operations in Nueva Ecija amid the implementation of the government's enhanced community quarantine in Luzon.

In Talavera, town police head Lt. Col. Alexie Desamito said her men raided an illegal "tupada" joint in Bgy. Tabacao at 11:30 a.m. and arrested three men who were caught doing the illicit operation.

Collared were three suspects identified as Reynaldo Asuncion, 43, farmer,  Romeo Guevarra, 49, jobless, and Casimiro Manuel, 75, widower, jobless, all of Bgy. Sicsican Matanda Talavera.

Desamito said they only managed to arrest three suspects as the others managed to flee.

Seized during the operation were two pieces of gaff (tari), a live fighting cock and a dead one, bet money worth P450 and six units of motorcycles and one black Kawasaki Bajaj tricycle.

Charges for violation of P.D. 1602, Republic Act 11649 (Bayanihan to Heal as One Act) and resistance and disobedience were filed against the suspects before the provincial prosecutor's office.

In San Jose City, police arrested four men for allegedly engaging in illegal mahjong operations during a wake in Bgy. Sibut at 10:15 p.m.

The nabbed suspects were identified as Armando Munar, 59, Victorino Dela Cruz, 38, Jonnel Panganiban, 34, and Roman Patiag Jr., 56, all of Bgy. Sibut.

The suspects yielded a mahjong set and P510 in bet money.