71 arrested in 'Oplan Pokemon' in Cebu

Donna Lavares, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 29 2017 12:49 PM

CEBU – Authorities on Tuesday arrested 71 individuals involved in various crimes in an operation dubbed as “Oplan Pokemon” in Cebu City.

According to the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO), all 11 police stations participated in the operation in line with the Philippine National Police’s Oplan Project Double Barrel Reloaded.

Majority of those arrested were involved in illegal drugs while the rest were apprehended for illegal gambling, illegal possession of firearms and serving of warrant of arrest.

Among those arrested was Gedion Estimber, 23, a security guard. Estimber was arrested after he fired his company-issued shotgun for no reason while on duty. He said he was drunk when it happened.

Meanwhile, 13 other individuals were also arrested by the National Bureau of Investigation-7 for illegal numbers game, Swertres.

The operation happened simultaneously in Lapu Lapu City, Mandaue City and Cebu City. NBI-7 Special Investigator Arnel Pura said they conducted the operation against illegal swertres stalls in Cebu, after the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) sought help from their office.

In a certificate issued by the PCSO, Global Tech Mobile Online Corporation's permit to operate swertres has already expired. Global Tech Mobile Online Corporation is said to be the operator of the stalls.

"This company is only allowed to operate, Lucky 3 and not Swertres,” Pura said.

Obtained during NBI's operation were several Swertres stubs and money in different denomination.