‘Jueteng’ thrives all in Sorsogon

By Bobby Labalan
Last updated 06:20am (Mla time) 06/30/2007

SORSOGON CITY—“Jueteng” continues to thrive with impunity in the province of Sorsogon and right under the nose of the Philippine National Police despite assurances from authorities that they have already stamped it out.


This was proven after members of the local media initiated a raid on a jueteng den which resulted in the arrest of two collectors Thursday morning.


The raid was conducted following a tip from residents near the gambling den about the ongoing jueteng operations.


Prior to the operation, the media men surrendered their cell phones to another media man to ensure that no leakage would jeopardize the raid.


The group proceeded to the address given, which was just about a kilometer from the city police station.


After confirming the presence of the jueteng operators and the bet collectors, who were at that time remitting their collections, the media men talked with Supt. Formoso Argarin, Sorsogon City chief of police, and police provincial director Senior Supt. Joel Regondola at the police provincial command and requested for police assistance in raiding the illegal gambling activity.


The two police officials reluctantly granted the request and provided three policemen as escorts to the media group who went on their way to Barangay Cabid-an here.


When the media group, however, arrived at the place everybody was already gone except for two bet collectors who apparently had just arrived and were not informed of the impending raid.


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