PGMA orders PNP Region 12 to curb illegal gambling

August 25, 2009 3:37 pm 

ALABEL, Sarangani, Aug. 25 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo ordered today the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Region 12 to wage an all-out war against illegal gambling.

The President issued the marching order to PNP Director for Region 12 Gen. Josefino Cataluna, after learning that several media practitioners critical of illegal gambling were killed the past few weeks.

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said that it has always been the President’s thrust to stop illegal gambling in any form.

Cataluna, who was given 30 days to submit a status report on illegal gambling in the region, said they conduct their operations against illegal gambling without let-up.

He said that with the improvement of the peace and order situation in the area, they will now focus more on the fight against gambling.

“The fight against illegal gambling will now be my top priority,” he said. (PNA)

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