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Philippine Police Officials Fired for Allowing Gambling

18 January 2006

PHILIPPINES – As reported by the Manila Standard Today: "Philippine National Police Chief Dir. Gen. Arturo Lomibao relieved yesteday the Nueva Vizcaya provincial police chief and the chief of the Solano town police for their failure to stop jueteng in their jurisdiction.

"Lomibao said he will not hesitate to relieve any police officer found guilty of allowing illegal gambling operations in their areas even if these are backed-up by politicians.

"…Relieved were Nueva Vizcaya provincial director Senior Supt. Robert Mamaril Manggacat and Solano police director Chief Insp. Francisco de Guzman Palattao.

"Manggacat was replaced by Supt. Agripino Lopez as officer-in-charge of Nueva Vizcaya while Supt. Domingo Lucas was designated as officer-in-charge of the Solano police.

"The relief of Manggacat and Palattao came a day after special teams from the PNP's anti-illegal gambling special operations task force arrested 15 persons in the act of conducting a jueteng lottery in Barangay Washington in Solano at 11:30 a.m. Monday…"

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