Ten more suspects were arrested Thursday for illegal gambling in Calatrava, and in the cities of Victorias, Silay and San Carlos, bringing to 29 the number of violators accounted for by the police since Tuesday in Negros Occidental.
Supt. Leonardo Angcon, Intelligence Branch chief of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, yesterday identified four of the 10 suspects, arrested in Calatrava and San Carlos City, as John Santillan, Salde Sumalinog, Marjie Hermias and Warlito Sevilla.
The arrest of four suspects in Brgy. 4, San Carlos City, by a combined team of NOPPO intelligence operatives and local policemen, also yielded assorted gambling paraphernalia, a Honda motorcycle and P40 in cash.
Two days earlier, 19 suspects, including four minors, were arrested by the police in San Carlos City. The four minors are now under the custody of the City Social Welfare and Development Office, while the 15 other suspects are now in jail.
Supt. Alexander Munoz also reported the arrest of Adonis Don Jadia, 24, at Canetown Subdivision in Brgy. 29-A, Victorias City.
Munoz, who is the Victorias police chief, said the arrest of Jadia yielded P780 in alleged cash bets, a Nokia cellular phone, assorted illegal gambling paraphernalia and a Ramstar RZ100, being used by the suspects in transporting bet collections.
Meanwhile, two suspects, identified as Reynaldo Octosa and Josephine Sombero, who have pending arrest warrants for violation of RA 8297, were also apprehended by the police in Brgy. 18, Victorias City.
Silay RTC Judge Felipe Banzon has recommended bail of P16,000 each for the accused persons, who are now locked up in jail.
Three other suspects, identified as Zester Javelona, Armando Jimenez and Jen Jen Remorosa, were also arrested by the police for a similar violation in Brgy. 5, Silay City.
Inspector Julius Colado yesterday said that P148 in alleged cash bets and playing cards were also recovered from the three arrested suspects.
The renewed campaign against illegal gambling was ordered by Senior Supt. Milko Lirazan, NOPPO officer-in-charge, in compliance with the order of Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. who had directed him to address the problem of illegal gambling, especially in northern Negros.* GPB