Makati now a 'safe haven' for gamblers, anti-crime crusader claims
MANILA - Corruption watchdogs on Thursday urged the Office of the Ombudsman on Thursday to file charges against Makati Mayor Mar-Len Abigail Binay for allegedly failing to curb online gambling in her city.
The Anti-Trapo Movement (ATM) accused Binay and the Makati Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) of violating of the Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees for allegedly failing to exercise due diligence in processing the applications of illegal gambling outfits.
ATM founding chairman Leon Peralta claimed some gambling centers were able to secure permits after supposedly presenting illegal licenses.
He added that Makati has become a "safe haven" for gambling, which he said also encourages the proliferation of illicit drugs and the entry of illegal immigrants in the country.
Peralta said they sought help from the Ombudsman after the discovery of the Chinese-owned illegal cybergaming center, Hao Ying Solutions Inc., last October.
Tagged in the complaint against Binay were BPLO chief Maribert Pagente and several other licensing officials. -- Report from Zhander Cayabyab, DZMM