Philippine Daily Inquirer
DAGUPAN CITY—Attempts by the Philippine Charity Sweeptakes Office’s (PCSO) Peryahan Games to conquer bet-rich Pangasinan province have been spoiled by police raids on the game’s draw center in Laoac town.
Edward Aguilar, spokesperson of Global Tech Mobile Online Corp., which owns the Peryahan Games franchise here, said the draw center had been raided three times since it opened on Dec. 20 last year.
Two days after the draw center opened, Aguilar said, the police raided it and detained six sales agents at the local police station. The agents were released after questioning, he said.
The Peryahan Games is a state-run numbers game that resembles the illegal “jueteng.” It is being pilot-tested in Pangasinan, the 13th province to host the game.
On Dec. 23, a team from the regional and provincial police, the National Bureau of Investigation and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group again raided the center and took the same agents to the police station and the NBI headquarters in Manila for questioning before they were released, he said.
On Jan. 14, NBI agents conducted a third raid and took nine sales agents and four bet collectors to the NBI office in Manila.
“Yesterday (Jan. 21), they were released, along with a resolution from the Department of Justice indicating they were not engaged in the illegal numbers game, jueteng,” Aguilar said.
The nine sales agents were armed with PCSO identification cards, gadgets used to print bets and certifications attesting to their employment by Global Tech.
The four bet collectors, who are not Global Tech employees, are still being held at the NBI, Aguilar said.
On Friday, the police said that Global Tech’s operations are legitimate.