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PNP to implement ‘one strike policy’ to prevent proliferation of illegal gambling

Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde REUTERS/Dondi Tawatao

The Philippine National Police (PNP) plans to bring back a ‘one strike policy’ to prevent the proliferation of jueteng and other illegal gambling activities amidst the shutdown of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)’s gaming operations.

PNP Chief PGen. Oscar Albayalde warned police station commanders on Tuesday, July 30, that they will be held liable if illegal gambling activities are discovered in their areas of jurisdiction.

Meron tayong standing directive na tinatawag na one-strike policy. Kapag nahulihan sila, then mananagot yung different police station commanders sa atin,” Albayalde told reporters.

Meron tayong one-strike policy, kapag nahulihan tayo ng illegal numbers game sa lugar ninyo, especially jueteng lalo na ngayon nakatigil yung STL (small town lottery), then mananagot yung ibang mga commander natin on the ground,” Albayalde added.

However, the PNP chief assured that so far they have not monitored any operation of any illegal numbers game, including jueteng, after they served closure notices to PCSO gaming outlets.

President Rodrigo Duterte suspended the operations of PCSO gambling, including lotto, and STL, due to massive corruption.

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