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Monday, October 29, 2012

Rey Anthony Chiu 

TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, October 26, 2012 (PIA)—The Provincial Peace and Order Council (PPOC) in Bohol adopts a resolution in an effort to snowball a nationwide support for the government’s drive against illegal numbers game, illegal drugs and private armed guards (PAG). 

During its recent meeting October 25 held at the Badiang Spring Resort and Hotel in Anas, Valencia, Bohol, the PPOC through chairman Governor Edgar Chatto unanimously adopted the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) move to finally give substance to the government’s seriousness in its drive against these. 

Chatto, who met with Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) secretary Mar Roxas earlier shared that the has pushed for the move that local officials think they can help build up towards a nationwide statement of support against illegal numbers game and PAGs as preconditions for a progressive society. 

During the meeting, Chatto, who shared his desire for Bohol to pitch in with the movement hoped that the move can be manifested here, not only in paper and ink. 

The DILG, through the Philippine National Police has been consistently leading the drive against the three major problems besetting communities, but most of these stand only after a few months and the problem again rears its ugly head. 

At the meeting, council member Romeo Teruel revealed that so much of the illegal numbers game operation is dependent on the legal lotto results. 

The illegal lotto operators use the results of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office lotto draws to run a parallel betting game at a low price compared to the legal ones. 

Although the illegal operators pay much lower wins, the betting price appeals more to the low-income brackets in the same concept offered by the Pinoy sari-sari store. 

On this too, the council, though its chairman moved to constitute a technical working group to study and possibly recommend to the council necessary steps in relation with the lotto operations here. 

Although skeptical that the TWG can come up with favorable recommendations, Chatto showed openness to look into the findings to finally submit to higher authorities these recommendations.

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