BAGUIO CITY — Regional police directors have one week to wipe out illegal gambling operations in their areas.
“I give you one week. If (illegal gambling in your areas) will not stop, then I will relieve you,” Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Gen. Archie Gamboa said in a press briefing at the Baguio City Police Office (BCPO).
He said regional directors were already provided with the list of illegal gambling operators in their respective areas.
While noting that there are also police officers involved in illegal gambling and are in cahoots with operators, he refused to name them.
He earlier reminded policemen not to take bribes from illegal gambling operators.
The anti-illegal gambling campaign, aside from the war on drugs, is one of Gamboa’s priorities as PNP chief.
“We have to convince the people that we are serious in everything, that the PNP does not protect any illegal activities that other citizens do,” he added.
He said the one-strike policy would be applied to all police unit commanders who will fail to halt illegal activities such as gambling.
He also plans to strengthen the PNP’s Integrity Monitoring and Enforcement Group and the Internal Affairs Service to catch cops protecting gambling lords.