DAGUPAN CITY, Sept 13 (PIA) — Local police stations have been tasked by the Pangasinan Provincial Police Office to confiscate at least one gambling (or hataw) machine per week.
Colonel Mariano Luis Versoza, OIC provincial police chief, said he has issued the directive so that local police stations may have a minimum target.
However, he quota for the city is at two machines in a week, Versoza said Wednesday during the Media in Action forum of the Pangasinan Press Club.
“We cannot force them to enforce it, since there are towns where no such machines exist,” he said.
Versoza advised those unable to present some machines to confiscate ‘drop ball’ implements instead.
Asked why only machines are being confiscated and no operators are getting arrested, he said confiscations are only the first phase of the anti-gambling operations.
He said this is the market denial approach, noting that the police have long been practicing such approach.
He assured the public, however, that operators will be arrested in the long run.
“I have already warned my operatives to bring in operators,” he said.
Time will come, we will get those operators, he added. (ANL/ARRF-PIA 1 Pangasinan)