Thursday, June 30, 2016

"Anti-swertres" drive
overruns 44 pushers

TAGBILARAN CITY, June 28 (PIA)--When Bohol Provincial Police Office shifted its gears to implement the anti-swertres drive, the campaign amassed P28,460.00, nabbed 44 ushers, 11 runners and filed 47 cases in 52 anti illegal swertres operations from May to June 22.

As orders to get serious on illegal gambling emanated from the police higher-ups, Camp Dagohoy, Bohol Provincial Police Office issued several directives in the campaign against all forms of illegal gambling particularly swertres, PCSuperintendent Lorenzo Batuan reported at the Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC).

Batuan, in his prepared Powerpoint presentation enumerated these directives they also sent to the police stations to cruise their local drives too.

He said Camp Dagohoy sent to the police stations the memorandum from the national headquarters contained in the Letter of Instructions 05-2012 on the crafting of the Regional Anti-Illegal Gambling Special Operations Task Force dated May 4, 2012.

Camp Dagohoy also informed them of the Police Regional Office 7 implementing plan on the mandated operation of the Regional Anti-Illegal Gambling Special Operations Task Force dated May 8, 2012.

Moreover, he recalled the One Strike Policy memorandum from PRO7 dated November 5, 2012 which also detailed the Anti-illegal Gambling Campaign implemented earlier.

For the region, Camp Dagohoy has also transmitted through radio messages last March 3, 2016 on the Conduct of Illegal Gambling operations.

Another radio message from PSSUpt Dennis Agustin dated March 4, 2016 also directed a reinvigorated Illegal Gambling drive, particularly on “Suertres.”

Thress days later, PD Agustion again sent a radio message dated March 7, 2016 directing police stations to conduct aggressive anti-illegal gambling operations.

This, Batuan was was followed by a memo from PD Bohol last March 10, 2016 enforcing the One Strike Policy on Illegal Gambling Particularly on “Suertres.”

A week later, Camp Dagohoy again radioed a message dated March 16, 2016 now demanding accomplishment on illegal gambling's anti “Suertres” drive.

This was followed by an even more stringent measure, allowing the One Strike Policy as a guide on all police anti-illegal gambling drives.

Armed with these and taking up the office orders as their shield, Bohol police operations also confiscated 4 motorcycles used in the illegal gambling, cellphones and tally sheets as evidence, according to Batuan.

Based on the police presentation of its anti swertres campaign, only 6 police stations could not put up accomplishments: Alicia, Anda, Candijay, Dagohoy, President Garcia and Sikatuna may really have no illegal gambling operations in their area, or the stations could not conduct any operations. (rac/PIA-7/Bohol)

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