- Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa announced that the government is set to declare war against illegal gambling
- Dela Rosa said that the police will eradicate such activities the same way they did in their drug war, just that illegal gambling war will be less bloody
- The police expressed hope that the public will support their war aginst illegal gambling
Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa said yesterday, Sept. 16, that the Philippine government under President Rodrigo Duterte's administration will declare war o illegal gambling after a bloody campaign against illegal drugs.
Dela Rosa said during his speech at Camp General Simeon Ola in Albay: “With the President’s call for change in the country, there will yet be no end to wars we are waging. Because after we are done with the war against illegal drugs, in six months, we will shift our sights to eradicating illegal gambling in the country.”
Dela Rosa added that the police will intensify the said operation the same way they did in their campaign against illegal drugs, only it will be not as bloody.
According to Dela Rosa, the gambling lords would not fire at the police, saying that they are not under the influence of drugs who do not understand.
He then warned the police officers that their "hands will be tied" once they accept money from illegal gambling operators, recalling his earlier conversation with President Duterte regarding the millions worth gambling syndicates offered him as payoffs.
Dela Rosa stated that the president told him that accepting the money would tie his hands and would render him useless, preventing him from doing his job.
The PNP chief cited incidents in some regions where illegal gambling payoffs were accepted by police officers who faced a problem in the implementation of illegal drugs campaign because both syndicates use the same network.
“They did not know that those behind the illegal gambling are also behind the illegal drugs,” dela Rosa added.
The police are hoping that the public will support the war against illegal gambling, yet Dela Rosa admitted that many people earn their livelihood from such activities.