MANILA – An investigation will be conducted against an alleged family member of a high-ranking official of Calabarzon due to illegal gambling operations in the region, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa, said on Monday.
Gamboa made the remark following the arrest of an alleged relative of Calabarzon regional police chief, Brig. Gen. Vicente Danao, during an anti-illegal gambling operation in Tagaytay City last week.
A total of 17 people were arrested during the operation in two illegal numbers game (jueteng) stations on February 20 Barangay Alfonso and Tagaytay City in Cavite.
“Well I have read meron apprehension but hindi ko nalaman na relative siya ni General Danao (But I don’t know that he is a relative of General Danao). We will look into it but nevertheless wala itong kamag-anak. The more nga na dapat mag ingat ‘yung mga kamag-anak (No relatives. The relatives should be careful),” Gamboa said in a press conference at the Cordillera police office.
“Ako (me), my roots are from Nueva Ecija and I am not authorizing anybody even my relatives to engage themselves on any illegal activities most especially ‘yung (the) illegal gambling and illegal drugs,” he added.
Gamboa, nevertheless, reminded the police commanders to intensify their campaign operations against illegal gambling.
“I am reiterating my warning to the regional directors, start relieving your chiefs of police and provincial directors who will not be following my instruction of stopping illegal gambling in all forms in your different areas of responsibilities,” he said.
“Kapag meron kang na-relieve na (If your relieved) three chiefs of police in your locality it would mean the automatic relief of the provincial director, no questions asked. Now if majority of your provincial or city directors say for example meron kang lima and ‘yung tatlo (if you have 5 and 3) would be relieved then automatic din ‘yung relief ng regional director (will also be relieved),” he said.
Meanwhile, Danao denied that he has relatives engaged in illegal activities although he received information that someone introduced himself as his relative and asked PHP5 million grease money from illegal gambling operators.
“Wala naman akong hinihingi. Matagal nang ginagamit ‘yung pangalan natin sa katarantanduhan dito sa Calabarzon (I never asked for (grease money). My name is being used for illegal activities here in Calabarzon for a very long time already),” Danao said in a phone interview with police beat reporters.
“Kung meron man pong nagpapakilalang kamag-anak ko, iharap mo sakin at sampalin ko sa harapan nyo. Hindi ko kilala yan (If someone involved introduces himself as my relative, bring him to me and I will slap him. I don’t know him),” he added.
Danao said he is ready to face any probe to clear his name.
He maintained that the anti-illegal gambling operations in Calabarzon remain relentless, having confiscated at least 376 machines being used for illegal gambling.
Gamboa earlier gave police regional directors a one-week ultimatum to launch operations against illegal gambling in their areas. (ia/sovereignph.com/PNA)