Quezon provincial police are bracing for the resurgence of illegal gambling after the shut down of PCSO outlets by order of the Philippines president last week, local media reports.
Col. Audie Madrideo, Quezon police director, said the provincial police force will be ready to crack down on illegal gambling, particularly ‘jueteng’.
“We expect the resurgence of illegal gambling, particularly ‘jueteng’. But we’re ready to stop them,” said Madrideo in a phone interview with The Inquirer.
The police director also warned staff of PCSO outlets from moving into illegal gambling operations.
“Being jobless is no excuse to commit crimes. Just like any other lawbreakers, we will also arrest them,” he said.
According to the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO), more than 21,000 gaming outlets have been shut down across the country, including 5,187 lotto stores; 13,320 small town lottery kiosks; 2,194 Peryahan ng Bayan outlets; and 472 Keno shops.
The shutdown represents a loss of P10.5 billion in investments, according to lawmakers.