Sinas tells PCSO gambling outlet owners: Cease operations or face arrest

By: Alven Marie Timtim July 27,2019 - 07:09 PM

Policemen in Central Visayas already closed more than 2,000 PSCO gambling outlets in the region earlier today, July 27. /CDND File Photo

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Anyone who will defy President Rodrigo Duterte’s order against the operation of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) gambling outlets will be arrested.

Police Brigadier General Debold Sinas, director of the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas (PRO-7), said that he already gave instructions for all police units in the region to implement the closure of all PCSO gambling outlets here.

“Karon akoa na ginapanawagan ang mga PD’s, CD’s nato to implement this one, to prioritize the instruction of PRRD,” Sinas said in a press conference this morning, July 27.

(I already gave instructions to all the Provincial Directors and City Directors to implement this one, to prioritize the instructions of President Rodrigo R. Duterte.)

Read More: Duterte stops all PCSO gaming activities including lotto, STL

As of 4 p.m. today, PRO-7 already ordered closed a total of  2, 462 Small Town Lottery (STL), Lotto, Peryahan ng Bayan and Keno Lotto Express outlets in Central Visayas.

Read More: PRO-7 orders closure of 2, 462 PCSO gambling outlets

Sinas said that he also gave an order to have all outlet operators, who will defy the President’s order, arrested.  Bettors, on the other hand, will be briefed of the president’s closure order.

Read more: In Photos: Lotto, STL outlets in Cebu City closed

His orders, Sinas said was also in compliance with the directive of Philippine National Police Chief General Oscar Albayalde.

Jean Duyos, a 30-year-old sidewalk vendor from Barangay Lahug, said that she is left with no other choice but to wait until such time that PCSO gambling outlets are allowed to resume operations.

A regular bettor who allocates at least P20 from her daily earnings for her STL bet, Duyos continues to hope that she will one day win. /dcb

 

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