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PNP apprehend 4
‘swertres’ suspects


Four collectors doubling as ushers of the illegal numbers game, “swertres”, were arrested recently  at a police checkpoint in Canlaon City, Negros Oriental.

First to be arrested  at the police checkpoint at the national highway in Canlaon City was Edwin Gonzales Baltazar, 47, married of Barangay Mabigo of that city.

Baltazar, who was riding a motorcycle, was flagged down at the checkpoint where  a plastic bag containing papers with number combinations and about  P4,000 in “bet money” were confiscated from him.

Two  other collectors were later also arrested  at the same checkpoint after they were found  to be carrying papers with “swertres” number combinations. The two, who were  on separate motorcycles, were identified as Douglas Aluba, 50, of Biak Na Bato in La Castellana, Negros Occidental, and Winnie Babor, 48, married, of Masulog, Canlaon City.

The  fourth suspected collector, Geronio Estrada, 28, of Bucalan, Canlaon City, was arrested at the checkpoint for allegedly having in his possession tally sheets, a calculator and money believed to be proceeds from the illegal numbers game.

The suspects are now detained and  police  are preparing  charges against them for  violation of Republic Act 9287 or An Act Increasing the Penalties of Illegal Numbers Games.*JFP




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