Bacolod City Police Office Acting Director Senior Supt. Francisco Ebreo (PNA-Bacolod File Photo)
BACOLOD CITY -- The Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) has intensified its operations against illegal gambling, as bet transactions are now being done on social media.
Senior Supt. Francisco Ebreo, acting city police director, said on Saturday city cops have already arrested small-time operators, who use tools on social media to solicit bets.
The identified personalities engaged in illegal gambling are the ones being pursued by police, he added.
Ebreo said bookies have indeed leveled up their operations beyond the traditional bet solicitation.
“They have upgraded, they are now using social media. But we are still able to arrest those who collect bets the old way,” he added.
Traditionally, bet solicitors carry tipsters and betting stubs with them, and list down the numbers preferred by bettors on tally sheets.
Ebreo noted that in some instances, bets for an illegal numbers game are already sent through text message and mobile messaging applications, such as Messenger and Viber.
Solicitors are supposedly soliciting bets for “jai-alai,” which does not have legitimate operations in the city.
“The public should not believe this numbers game, since there are no ‘jai-alai’ operations in Bacolod. They just invent the results to convince people to place bets,” Ebreo said.
He added that the police is also zeroing in on the bet solicitors or the small-time players themselves, who operate the illegal numbers game even without financiers.
The Bacolod police chief said they hope to arrest major illegal gambling suspects this year, although he admitted the challenges faced by the police in identifying these people.
“What we have are all aliases, nobody would identify these people behind the illegal gambling activities,” he said. (PNA)