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Bacolod cops told to avoid online gambling

TELEPHONE VERIFICATION. Executive Master Sergeant Santiago Gaitan, senior police officer for the Bacolod City Police Office, checks non-commissioned officers’ cell phones for online gaming applications during their training at headquarters Friday, March 4, 2022. The On-site inspection was ordered by Colonel Thomas Joseph Martir, director of the municipal police, following the case involving the so-called “e-sabong”. (Photo courtesy of Bacolod City Police Department)

THE CITY OF BACOLOD – Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) personnel have been instructed not to engage in online gambling and other illegal activities under Philippine National Police (PNP) guidelines ).

The recall follows the case of the so-called “e-sabong”, which allows betting on cockfights online via a mobile phone application.

To ensure compliance, Col. Thomas Joseph Martir, director of municipal police, on Friday ordered a spot check of police officers’ cellphones at BCPO headquarters.

He ordered Executive Master Sergeant Santiago Gaitan, the city’s senior police officer, to randomly check NCOs’ phones for online gambling apps during morning training.

“I am pleased to report that no BCPO personnel are involved in any illegal activity. We will monitor the personnel through their respective chiefs and commanders,” Martir said.

He asked station commanders and other units to randomly check the mobile phones of their personnel to ensure they are not involved in online gambling.

“Any personnel caught violating PNP orders and directives will be dealt with accordingly,” Martir said.

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation defines “e-sabong” as online, remote, or offsite wagering/betting on live cockfighting matches, events, and activities streamed or streamed live from arenas cockpits licensed or authorized by local government units.

In a statement, the BCPO said that the one-time inspection of its personnel responds to the orders of the head of the PNP, General Dionardo Carlos, and is also part of the continuous program of internal cleaning and intensified cleanliness policy among and within the police ranks. (NAP)