Friday, May 20, 2005

NR0517:Investigate claims of ex-solon

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin Beltran
News Release May 17, 2005
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio,Chief of Staff
Cellphone number 09213907362

Solon supports investigations into jueteng operations in the country; says ex-lawmaker should not be afraid to name names

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that the former lawmaker who wished to remain anonymous even as he exposed that he and other lawmakers had received millions from jueteng should not be afraid to come out into the open and reveal what he knows regarding the jueteng operations in the country.

"If a system of corruption is in place and is prevalent, it's inevitable that those who operate within it will also become corrupt; that is unless they are strong enough to resist the corruption and expose it with the intent to help eradicate it," he said. "He should not be afraid of prosecution because what he would be doing is in service of the fight against corruption and illegal gambling. "

"He should name names and give more detailed explanations regarding the prevalence of the illegal numbers game. H e would not be committing a crime by telling the truth: he would be doing his duty," he said. Beltra said that the allegations that First Gentleman Mike Arroyo and other members of the First Family are involved in jueteng operations should also be investigated. "These are serious charges," he insisted.

The veteran labor leader said that he has no doubt that the scope and scale of jueteng operations in the country remains massive. He said that the reports on the prevalence of jueteng persist despite the assertions of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (PNP) that the syndicates have already been busted.

"It's highly likely that in all the regions and provinces, the game of jueteng is still being played and the proceeds go into the accounts of bigtime politicians and their protectors in the police and the military. Unscrupulous officials from local government units that try to wipe out this illegal number games meanwhile are going up against influential political families and the syndicates they run, and the fight is an uphill battle. " #


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