Police seek barangay officials’ help in fight vs illegal STL

Published May 12, 2021, 4:03 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY—The police here have appealed to barangay officials to cooperate in the campaign against the rampant illegal Small Town Lottery (STL) operations.

The role of barangay officials in eradicating illegal STL operations are crucial since they have the information about the illegal numbers game happening in their areas, said Police Lt. Col. Wilbert Parilla, deputy director for operations of CCPO, in Cebuano.

“With the barangays’ help, our police and PROBE (Prevention, Restoration, Order, Beautification, and Enhancement) team would be able to respond to areas where illegal STLs are rampant,” Parilla told reporters Wednesday.

Police were recently told to intensify the campaign against STL operations that have become rampant in the cities of Cebu and Mandaue.

In her recent visit to Cebu, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Royina Garma said the agency is losing at least P12 million a day due to illegal STL operations in the cities of Cebu and Mandaue.

Garma also met Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella, who then ordered the demolition of STL structures that are openly operating on sidewalks in various areas in the city.