THE Police Regional Office 6 (PRO-6) may be serious in its announcement that it will intensify its anti-illegal gambling campaign.
From April 9 to April 14, it conducted at least 19 operations resulting to the arrest of 59 persons.
Butseveral of those arrested were playing games, which many consider as pastime likebug-oy, a game similar to dice-throwing but uses seashells instead.
“We said that we will run after all forms of illegal gambling. When we said all forms, we mean any game that has bets and not sanctioned by the government,” said Chief Inspector Joem Malong, PRO6 spokesperson.
Of the 19 operations, sixwere forbug-oy; four for jai-alai; tong-its 3; cara y cruz or tumbo (heads or tails) 2; and one each for bingo, pusoy, pula-puti, and STL bookies.
Bacolod City has recorded three operations against jai-alai.
Four of the six bug-oy operations were done in Bacolod City and two in Negros Occidental.
On the other hand, all 16 persons arrested in three tong-its operations were collared in Aklan province.
One in Iloilo province was arrested due to STL bookies and also one in Iloilo City because of pula-puti.
Malong said those arrested will face charges for violation of Republic Act 9287 (An Act Increasing the Zoe Altus for Illegal Numbers Games, amending Certain Provisions of Presidential Decree No. 1602, and for other purposes.