POLICE Regional Office 4-A director, Brigadier General Vicente D. Danao Jr. yesterday ordered the administrative relief of the chief of the San Pablo City Police Station in Laguna after six banned ‘video-karera’ machines were seized in his area on Friday afternoon.
“I have long been telling all Calabarzon police chiefs that we have to fully comply with Philippine National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa’s directive to fully stop all forms of illegal gambling activities and the one-strike policy will apply on those who will be found wanting. This is just the start,” Danao told the Journal Group.
The PRO4-A director said that he ordered the relief of San Pablo City Police Station chief, Lieutenant Colonel Eliseo Bernales after six ‘VK’ machines were recovered by members of the Laguna Police Provincial Intelligence Branch led by Major Ryan Jay Orapa in Barangay del Remedio in Patria Village at 5 p.m. Friday.
Danao said he ordered the raid amid complaints regarding the existence of ‘VK’ machines long associated with illegal drug abuse in the area.
The confiscated ‘VK’ machines were brought to the Laguna PPO headquarters in Camp Paciano Rizal in Sta. Cruz town for documentation and eventual destruction, said Laguna police director, Col. Eleazar P. Matta.
Danao said he will not hesitate to relieve more Calabarzon police officials who will be found to be lax when it comes to their campaign against illegal gambling, drugs and rogues in uniform in their areas.
He also called on Calabarzon residents to report to them the presence of ‘VK’ machines in their neighborhood so that immediate police actions can be instituted.