ALLEGED 5 (FIVE) MEMBERS OF SPECIAL OPERATION GROUP (SOG) OF GAMES AND AMUSEMENT BOARD (GAB) NABBED FOR ROBBERY EXTORTION: 1 UNIT FIREARM RECOVERED

PNP Press Release No:02.17.2020.27

Police Regional Office 12 – 5 (five) individuals who claimed to be members of Special Operation Group (SOG) of Games And Amusement Board (GAB) were arrested for Robbery Extortion, one (1) unit firearm recovered on Sunday in Magpet North Cotabato.

At about 10:30 AM of February 16, 2020 joint elements of Magpet MPS, CPPO-PIB and RID12 Tracker conducted entrapment operation inside Gubatan Gallera, Brgy. Gubatan, Magpet, Cotabato which led to the arrest of alleged five members of Special Operation Group Of Games And Amusement Board to wit:

1. DOMINADOR TURQUEZA BANCAL, 50 years old Head of Special Operation Group (SOG) of Games and Amusement Board (GAB).
2. DARWIN ACEBEROS DELEN, 48 years old.
3. MICHAEL ABONALES PERALTA, 46 years old.
4. PEDRO JAGOROS PAÑA, 44 years old.
5. MICHAEL SANAO NACIONGAYO, 43 years old.

Magpet MPS received a complaint from the operator of the Gallera that he was asked to give money to the suspects as processing fee to continue the operation of the gallera, after which Magpet MPS plan and prepared for entrapment operation.

After receiving the marked money of Twenty Five Thousand Pesos (Php 25,000.00) from the Victim ROLLY GANANCIAL SADIO manager of Gubatan Gallera as a payment for the processing fee of said Gallera the operating troops executed the arrest.

Recovered from the possession and custody of the suspects were the aforesaid marked money in different denomination and recovered also from the possession and control of DARWIN ACEBEROS DELEN, one (1) unit THUNDER 40 PRO, caliber 40 pistol with serial number C94233 inserted with one (1) magazine assembly loaded with twelve (12) rounds of ammunition of said pistol that was registered to DOMINADOR TURQUEZA BANCAL.

The Suspects are now detained in Magpet MPS and cases for Robbery Extortion and Usurpation of Authority are being readied to be file against them.

We can recall that PNP CHIEF PGEN. ARCHIE FRANCISCO F GAMBOA, just this February 12, 2020, purposely had a meeting with officials of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and the Games and Amusement Board (GAB) to sort out gambling operations that are either operating illegally or exploiting licensed games using various modus operandi.

“We want to thresh out which are illegal and which are not so that the public would know and likewise for our policemen to identify which of these could be subjected to police operations.” PGEN. ARCHIE FRANCISCO F GAMBOA said.

“With this incident happened we want to inform the community that PRO 12 is serious in eliminating all forms of illegal gambling activities in the region, The Games and Amusements Board (GAB) supposed to regulates and supervises professional sports and allied activities to combat and prevent the existence and proliferation of illegal bookie joints and other forms of organized illegal gambling connected with all play-for-pay sports and amusement games so we the whole PNP put allegiance to them to eradicate all illegal gambling activities,” PBGEN ALFRED S CORPUS said.