Former Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio slammed police claim that
Central Luzon is jueteng
He stressed that increased collection on Small Town Lottery (STL) operations in the region is not a guarantee that the illegal numbers game is dead.
“Isang insulto ang sabihin ng PNP na jueteng free ang
Central Luzon,” Panlilio told journalists in an interview
on Friday night.
He added, “mukhang ang mga men and uniform na lang natin ang hindi nakakaalam na may jueteng pa lalo sa Pampanga.”
The former governor also showed journalists two pieces of paper showing proof that he himself was able to place bet on jueteng last October 23.
Panlilio’s disclosure and show of evidence strengthen suspicions by many that he is the alleged ‘mystery shopper’ cited by Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas in an earlier meeting at Clark Freeport.
In the same meeting, Roxas asked police officials in
Central Luzon led by Chief Superintendent Edgardo Ladao
to immediatel;y submit report on alleged
jueteng operations in the region.
Last Wednesday, Ladao called a press conference at
in San Fernando City
and announced that Central Luzon is jueteng
He was joined by Lawyer Ferdinand Rojas of the Philippine Charity Sweepestakes Office (PCSO), and STL franchisees in
Ladao even told journalists that STL collections in the region has increase and noted that it is a sign that there is no more jueteng operations in the region.
But he admitted that there are pocket operations of bookies in the region which local police offices in seven provinces are addressing to eradicate.
For his part, Panlilio said that increased collection in STL operations is not a guarantee that jueteng is dead.
Citing earlier information he received, the priest-turned-politician explained that introduction of STL which was meant to replace jueteng, the illegal numbers game remain and was operated parallel to the STL or legal numbers game.
Panlilio said that he is not in favor of replacing STL with Loterya ng Bayan, instead, he suggested that government acquire operation of jueteng and make it legal.
Earlier on Friday, Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda declined to comment on journalists questions with regards to alleged jueteng operation in her province. (Dino Balabo)