THE Philippine National Police Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group (PNP-IMEG) yesterday destroyed over 50 ‘video karera and fruit game’ machines and their mother boards which were seized in a series of anti-illegal gambling operations in Metro Manila and Bulacan province last month.
On orders of PNP chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, the illegal gambling machines which have long been associated with illegal drug activities were hammered by PNP Deputy Chief for Operations, Lieutenant Gen. Guillermo Lorenzo T. Eleazar and PNP-IMEG director, Colonel Ronald O. Lee.
The two officials also led a signing of a ‘No-Take Policy’ manifesto at the PNP-IMEG headquarters in Camp Crame as they vowed to fully support Gen. Gamboa’s all-out war on all forms of illegal gambling activities in the country.
Eleazar said Gen. Gamboa had already showed he means business when he ordered the relief of a Metro Manila police director, the chiefs of police of Caloocan, Muntinlupa and Pasay cities, the Bulacan police director and several police-community precincts in the wake of successful PNP-IMEG anti-illegal gambling raids in their jurisdiction.
“It was a very clear message which we believe has given a very strong impact on our ground commanders,” the PNP-DCO said.
Lee said that ‘VK and fruit game’ machines are highly-lucrative business which has been associated with illegal drug abuse. “These illegal gambling machines have been put up in mostly depressed areas in Metro Manila and other parts of the country, mostly near known drug havens and are open 24 hours a day so that drug users whiling away their time can play using P1 coin,” he said.