By Aaron Recuenco
Operators of jueteng and other illegal numbers game may take advantage of the suspension of lotto and STL (Small-Town Lottery) operations to resume their activities, a top police official said.
In fact, Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Oscar Albayalde said that they already received intelligence reports of resumption of jueteng operations in at least two provinces in Central Luzon on Saturday– a day after President Duterte ordered the suspension of all games licensed by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
“There is a possibility of the resurgence of illegal numbers game, particularly jueteng. We are currently validating information we have been receiving regarding this,” said Albayalde.
Albayalde said that his instruction to his men was to monitor the activities of illegal numbers games in their respective areas if jurisdiction.
If there iare still people collecting bets, Albayalde said that this could only mean that illegal numbers games could be ongoing.
“We still do not know if the suspension (of PCSO games) would be temporary or what. There maybe some people or groups that may take advantage of that,” said Albayalde.
President Duterte suspended all PCSO-licenses games reportedly due to massive corruption.
More than 30,000 outlets of lotto, STL, Keno and Peryahan ng Bayan were shut down since Saturday.