TABUK CITY, Kalinga – During this morning’s flag ceremony, City Mayor Darwin Estrañero lauded the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Tabuk for a successful search on several businesses suspected of being the betting station for illegal numbers game recently.
Estrañero recounted a chat he had with a punong barangay during which he learned that some gamblers risk their whole earnings only to play, and that if they lose, they are left with nothing to feed themselves and their family.
“We hope nga adu pay iti ma-raid nga agpas-pasugal ta sayang laeng dagituy oras [ken kwarta] iti tat-tao nga mapaay gapu lang iti sugal imbes nga agtrabahu da,” he said.
The LCE emphasized that the PNP is acting on the provisions of PD 1602 hence the crack down on illegal numbers game operators is lawful and illegal gambling has long been a concern in the city.
He also expressed his desire for the owners of illicit numbers games to be identified so that legal action will be filed against them.
“Ma-identify kuma nu sinu dagita nga gambling lords tapnu ma-kasuan da tapnu agsardeng iti sugal iti Tabuk City,” he said.