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3 Ecija farmers playing high-stakes ‘tong-its’ held

July 17, 2021 Steve A. Gosuico 371 views
The seized cash bets amounting to P18,450 during an anti-illegal gambling operation in Guimba, Nueva Ecija last July 16, 2021. Photo by STEVE A. GOSUICO.

GUIMBA, NUeva Ecija – Three farmers engaged in high-stakes illegal gambling activity were rounded up during a sting operation conducted here on Friday afternoon.

Newly-installed police officer-in-charge Lt. Col. Norman C. Cacho identified those nabbed as Feliciano Rebultan Jr., 59; Melencio Oliva, 60; and Joel Galicia, 64, all of Bgy. Maturanoc, this town.

They were caught in the act while playing the illegal card game called tong-it’s at 4 p.m. here.

Seized during the anti-illegal gambling raid were bet money amounting to P18,450 and a set of playing cards.

Charges for violation of Presidential Decree 1602 (Prescribing Stiffer Penalties on Illegal Gambling) are being readied for filing against them before the provincial prosecutor’s office.