National police chief defends crackdown on lotto, gaming


Posted at Jul 29 2019 04:07 PM

MANILA- Police General Oscar Albayalde defended Monday the Philippine National Police's crackdown on Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) gaming outlets following criticism from a lawmaker.

Senator Nancy Binay criticized the police force's involvement in the closure of lotto outlets and gaming kiosks, saying authorities had a "misplaced sense of priority."

"Hindi naman naubos yung pulis natin dito. Hindi mauubos yung 180,000 members of the PNP para dito sa closure," Albayalde told reporters.

(We didn't allot all of our policemen for this. The 180,000-strong PNP cannot be fully deployed for this closure.)

Over 30,000 lotto outlets and other PCSO gaming kiosks were shut down nationwide after President Rodrigo Duterte declared these as illegal.

Asked whether the President's verbal order was enough, Albayalde said the PNP also received a directive from the Department of the Interior and Local Government to heed Duterte's order.

"In the PNP, especially us, even in the military there are several ways of giving directives and verbal directive is one, binding po yan," he said. 

-report from Raffy Santos, ABS-CBN News