DILG: Removal of Pangasinan police chief big step in anti-gambling drive

December 23, 2012 1:10 am 

By Priam Nepomuceno

MANILA, Dec. 22 — Interior Secretary Mar Roxas Saturday said the relief of Pangasinan police director Sr. Supt. Mariano Luis Versoza Jr. represents a “big step” in ridding the province of illegal gambling activities.

“Versoza’s removal from his post in Pangasinan is a big step in the many series of steps we intend to take to crack down (on) jueteng and other forms of illegal gambling. This is meant to send a clear message that we are going all out in the fight against jueteng,” Roxas added.

Versoza, in one of the last orders issued by former PNP head Director General Nicanor Bartolome, was officially relieved last Dec. 18.

Versoza was reassigned to the PNP Holding and Administrative Unit–Directorate for Personnel and Records Management in Camp Crame, Quezon City.

Roxas earlier made public his intentions to relieve Versoza in connection with his alleged lack of action to stop "jueteng" and other forms of illegal gambling in Pangasinan.

Versoza, in his previous pronouncements, claimed Pangasinan has been "jueteng"-free for the past years.

However, a few weeks ago, a Pangsinan mayor came out in the open and exposed the illegal numbers activities in the province.

Bugallon Mayor Rodrigo Orduna went to the Ombudsman to file plunder complaints against Gov. Amado Espino Jr, his former patron, who allegedly operates jueteng in Pangasinan and has received P800 to P900 million in "jueteng" money.

Versoza will be temporarily replaced by Sr. Supt. Manolito Labador, PRO 1 assistant regional director for operations. (PNA)

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