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Anti-gambling drive targets ‘ending’

Even card games during wakes are prohibited by law, and there have been a number of arrests on record.

Pat C. Santos

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As part of its intensified drive against illegal gambling, the police have cracked down on the popular neighborhood numbers game known as “ending.”

Manila Police chief PGen. Bernabe Balba told reporters the order was handed down by the National Capital Region Police Office to all district directors in Metro Manila.

Since the start of the year, he said a number of arrests have been effected by policemen in Manila.

“The order was handed down to all the district directors since January, but even without an order, the Manila Police, as well as Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso has been very strict in the implementation of Presidential Decree 1602, which has never been repealed,” Balba explained.

He added that even card games during wakes are prohibited by law, and there have been a number of arrests on record.

The Manila police chief said that as long as there is a form of betting or money is won in a game, it is considered illegal.

Balba pointed out that are a number of neighborhood games that are prohibited. These include pula’t puti that uses dice, video karera, lucky nine, tong-its, Russian poker, blackjack, sabong and tupada, horse racing, jueteng, lo-teng that uses lotto results, cara y cruz and ending using basketball games.

He said Filipinos are creative when concealing gambling activities.

“The bottom line is these are all illegal,” he stressed.

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