MANILA, Philippines - It seems there is no stopping the resurgence of the illegal numbers game jueteng even as it threatens to affect even the results of the nationwide barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections on October 25.
Carol Jayne Lopez of the You Against Corruption and Poverty (YACAP) party-list group said her organization has received information that jueteng and other gambling rackets are expanding their operations as barangay officials succumb to the temptation of raising campaign funds for the upcoming polls.
“We got reports that with the campaign funds reaching up to a million to ensure victory for a barangay captain running in an area of more than 40,000 people in Metro Manila and about P300,000 for each kagawad, there really is no option for some of the barangay candidates but to dip in the jueteng bucket,” Lopez said in a statement.
Lopez said barangay candidates in the provinces are no less susceptible to the advances of illegal numbers game operators since they still need P20,000 to P50,000 in campaign funds.
"The pull of the P37 billion jueteng money circulating in the Philippine market is just too strong to resist for some of the barangay leaders running for various posts in about 40,000 barangays all over the country,” she said.
Lopez said some local government officials even help candidates get in touch with jueteng operators to raise funds.
Retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz earlier revealed before a Senate joint committee hearing the names of 8 suspected jueteng lords all over the country. The 8 are: Isabela Rep. Napoleon "Pol" Dy, Pampanga Gov. Lilia "Baby" Pineda, retired police general Eugene Martin, Baguig Mayor Mauricio Domogan, a certain Danny Soriano in Cagayan, a retired general named Padilla, Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espina Jr., and a certain Boy Jalandoni in Bacolod.
Comelec issues guidelines for bgy, SK poll bets
The Commission on Elections on Wednesday released the guidelines on the filing of certificates of candidacy for the October 25 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections.
Filipino citizens who are at least 18 years old and are registered voters and residents of the barangay where they intend to run for office for at least 1 year prior to election day are qualified to run for Punong Barangay and Kagawad.
SK candidates must also be Filipino citizens and at least 15 years old but less than 18.
They should likewise be qualified members of the Katipunan ng Kabataan of the barangay where they intend to run for office.
The filing of certificates of candidacy will be from October 1-13.
NCRPO: Relieve tanods of authority
National Capital Region Police Office director Leocadio Santiago wants village watchmen or barangay tanods relieved of their authority to prevent them from influencing the barangay elections this October.
In a meeting with the Comelec, Santiago also suggested the designation of what he calls "areas of concern", which he defines as places dominated by relatives of candidates.
The Philippine National Police-NCR is now on red alert ahead of the effectivity of the election gun ban on September 25.