Dumaguete Diocese director, Msgr. Gamaliel Tulabing, recently commended the Philippine National Police for intensifying the crackdown on illegal gambling in Negros Oriental, and said he is happy with the order of the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office to eliminate, if not reduce, its operations in the province.
PNP Region 7 director, Chief Supt. Marcelo Garbo, had said earlier that police chiefs in Negros Oriental should significantly reduce or eradicate illegal gambling in their areas of responsibility, or face resignation.
Tulabing said that if the PNP has a standing policy to eradicate gambling with a warning to all police chiefs of relief from assignment for failure to deliver positive results, it is a good indication that the PNP is sincere in their efforts to curb illegal gambling.
He said that if illegal gambling persists in an area, it is because it has the support of either the police or local officials.
He added there is no need to engage the Church, the academe and other sectors of society in the latest illegal gambling campaign, as the community has been vocal in its opposition to it, except for those who are into the illegal numbers’ game themselves.
The police must not be selective in applying the law, and must arrest the bettors, operators and financiers alike, Tulabing said.
He added the church can continuously remind the people on the ills of gambling, but has no police power to solve the perennial problem.*JFP
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