GAB, Mitra to pursue illegal gambling drive

August 15, 2020
Mitra during PSA Forum
Mitra during PSA Forum

THE Games and Amusements Board (GAB), headed by Chairman Baham Mitra, will pursue its campaign against illegal gambling even during the pandemic.

Last Aug. 12, the GAB and the Rizal Provincial Intelligence Unit conducted a joint operation on an illegal cockfighting (tupada) and arrested 30 persons at Buliran Road, Brgy. San Isidro, Antipolo City.

The raid was led by GAB Anti-IIlegal Gambling unit, led by Glenn Pe, and the Rizal Provincial Intelligence Unit, headed by  PLT Jackson Aguyen.

"It is disappointing to know tthat people continue to violate the law on illegal gambling.

Meron pa din tayong mga kababayan na patuloy sa kanilang maling gawain, gaya nitong tupada, lalo na may pandemic pa ngayon, " said Mitra.

The three-time lawmaker from Palawan,  who was appointed by President Duterte as GAB head in 2016, said appropriate charges are now being readied for the 30 individuals for violation of PD 1602.

“Lagi po naming sinasabi na maghintay lang po tayo ng tamang pagkakataon at mapapayagan na rin ng IATF ang sabong. Sa mga hindi makapaghintay at may record sa GAB bilang lisensiyadong indibidual sa sabong community, awtomatiko po na babawian namin kayo ng lisensiya,"  added Mitra.

Recovered evidences were  12 dead cocks, four live cocks, one box gaffer, weight scale, and bet money amounting to 290,000.

The Antipolo City Police identified the suspects as 1. Joel Villarin , 2. Henry Uyso, 3. Angelo Bautista, 4. Nestor Gale, 5. Ricky Puyon, 6. Arlando Feliciano, 7. Rivhard Andrade, 8. Martin Baino, 9. Joven Garcia, 10. Ricardo Sequina, 11 Norman Recato, 12. George Carolino, 13  Manuel Felix, 14  Erwin Diamante, 15  Revall Rivera, 16.Jesus Delas Alas, 17 Michael Palabay, 18. Ronaldo Marilao, 19 Arnold Nepompceno, 20 Agapito Caritativo, 21 Ever Ojascastro, 22 Aljohn Panganiban, 23. Ian Christopher De Guzman, 24. Albert Villamontre, 25. Francisco Jarabelo, 26. Jun Ramos, 27 Jun Driza, 28. Norman Dulos, 29. Ricardo Castro 30. Levy Francisco.

The operation came after the GAB cancelled the licenses of eight gaffers arrested in separate raid in Rizal.