Jueteng in the time of pandemic? Police said they are watching

Published October 6, 2020, 12:56 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

The Philippine National Police (PNP) assured on Tuesday that they are strictly monitoring the activities in the community amid reports of the resurgence of jueteng operations in some parts of Luzon.


PNP spokesman Col. Ysmael Yu said they are also coordinating with Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) in identification of numbers games that are legal and registered in order for the local police forces to facilitate the anti-jueteng operations.

The difficulty, according to Yu, is that some of the jueteng operations are using the Small Town Lottery (STL) as a front for their illegal operations in the community.

“It is the PCSO which is in a better position to identify which is legal and which is not. Police would only come in once the PCSO seeks our assistance,” said Yu.

A number of policemen have been charged before for the conduct of anti-jueteng operations since the modus operandi of jueteng operators is to use the STL as front. Once an operation is conducted, they would produce papers that those who were arrested are legitimate bet collectors for STL.

Such modus has discouraged some police units to conduct operations but the PNP earlier intensified its legal assistance for work-related charges.

Some policemen were also accused of receiving protection money from jueteng operators.

In order to intensify the partnership with the PNP, the PCSO has been giving proceeds of its earnings to the PNP as a form of assistance in various programs and projects of the police.