Manila mayor leads burning of video betting machines

Manila mayor leads burning of video betting machines
By Allison Lopez
Last updated 05:49pm (Mla time) 07/23/2007

MANILA, Philippines — Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim on Monday led the destruction of 59 units of “video karera” and fruit games as part of his campaign against vices that lure the youth.


Lim and Manila Police District (MPD) acting director Danilo Abarzosa burned down the machines, which were seized by MPD’s various units, at Bonifacio Shrine Monday morning.


Last week, the mayor ordered the banning of students from playing computer games during class hours, in shops near their schools.


He said concerned parents have called for an immediate stop to activities that distracted students and sometimes caused them to skip their classes or spend their allowance.


Meanwhile, Lim also praised the MPD chief on Monday for the arrest of suspected drug pusher Ismael Ibrahim Elid, who was caught with about 400 grams of shabu valued at P1.3M.


Elid, a native of Pagadian City, Zamboanga del Sur, was apprehended over the weekend by Station 8 operatives on the corner of Rawatun and Palanca Streets in San Miguel, Manila.


Station 8 commander Chief Inspector Ganaban Ali said the arrest was a result of a week-long surveillance on the alleged rampant illegal drug trade on Palanca Street.


He said policemen approached Elid when he was spotted in the area clutching a plastic bag, but the 46-year-old man chose to run as the cops pursued him.


Transparent plastic sachets containing the illegal drug were reportedly found by the policemen inside the suspect’s bag.


Appropriate charges were being readied against Elid, as the mayor ordered the MPD to go after the “big fish” or those supporting the suspect’s operations.


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