PNP intensifies war vs illegal gambling

Philippine National Police chief Police General Benjamin Acorda Jr. ordered a crackdown against illegal gambling and the individuals behind them, backed by the formidable “one-strike” and “no-take” policy.

The “One Strike and No Take Policy” represents a pivotal element in this comprehensive strategy, ensuring strict enforcement of the Doctrine of Command Responsibility. This resolute stance reflects the PNP’s unwavering determination to eradicate illegal gambling and safeguard the welfare of the Filipino people.

Acorda made the latest directive after the PNP and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office forged an alliance to intensify the national campaign against all forms of illegal gambling activities across the country.

Under the leadership of Acorda, the PNP is mobilizing its established Regional, Provincial and City Anti-Illegal Gambling Special Operations Task Groups to intensify the implementation of the provisions outlined in PNP MC 2017-022.

The specialized units will employ their expertise to gather intelligence, conduct thorough investigations, and execute strategic interventions, fortifying the nation’s fight against illegal gambling.

“We will not tolerate the existence of illegal gambling activities that prey on the most vulnerable members of our society. Together with PCSO, we will deploy all necessary resources and implement stringent measures to put an end to this menace,” Acorda said in a statement on Thursday.

“The one strike and no take policy represent a zero-tolerance approach, where any negligence or inaction will be met with swift consequences. With this strong stance, the PNP aims to leave no room for leniency in eradicating the illegal gambling menace,” he added.

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