Bishop Cruz slams PNP claim that country is jueteng-free

DAGUPAN CITY – The Krusadang Bayan Laban sa Jueteng today belied claims of Philippine National Police director-general Arturo Lomibao that the entire country is now jueteng free.
 
“This would have been great news for the Krusada if it were true,” said Msgr. Oscar Cruz, archbishop of the Lingayen-Dagupan archdiocese and chair of the Krusada.
 
In a statement, the archbishop said that contrary to Lomibao’s report, jueteng operations resumed in the Camarines provinces days before New Year as reported to him by Krusada volunteers.
 
“With due respect to the sources of the director, the Krusada is proud of its fact finding national structure. While it has not even a peso as intelligence fund, the movement has dependable volunteer data providers,” Cruz said.
 
Quoting reports of his volunteers, Cruz said that days before the New Year, jueteng operations were simultaneously held in districts 1, 2, 3 and 4 of Camarines Sur, except in Naga City.
 
“At the same time, it was estimated that there was jueteng in about 60 percent of Camarines Norte funded and supervised by local operators,” he added.

To prove his point, Cruz said that last Monday (Jan. 2) there were three jueteng draws in the third district of Camarines Sur and the winning numbers were 14/23 in the morning, 12/16 in the afternoon and 27/29 in the early evening.

He added that after the New Year, jueteng made a gradual withdrawal from both Camarines provinces, “not because of any change of heart of those involved (but) in proximate preparation for the entrance of the small town lottery (STL).”

Under the STL, Cruz said the sharing will be as follows: mayor, 10 percent; collector, 10 percent; Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, 10 percent; cabo, three percent; governor, two percent; and PNP, two percent.

“The STL is just another form of gambling that exploits the same poor victims who thus in effect funds everybody else in the STL hierarchy. It is said that if they had their way, the STL proposed in the country would have some kind of an operating triad, viz., a known big financer, a highly placed police officer and an identifiable Mayor,” Cruz added. (Gabriel L. Cardinoza)

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