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Mansasa Barangay Captain Manolo 'Taran' Blanco was arrested today at his house after a raid by Cebu Intelligence Operatives with search warrants.

Reports said Blanco is the biggest illegal swertres financier in Bohol. The arrest has dire consequences on his status being a government official.

Police seized more than half a million pesos and swertres evidences at his residence. He will face 12 years of imprisonment and up 5 million pesos fine.

He will be disqualified to hold public office for the rest of his life.

The Cebu Intelligence Operatives did not coordinate with the City PNP nor with City Hall for the arrest of Blanco.

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« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2009, 08:43:10 PM »
Nganong taas man ang crime incidence sa Mansasa kumpara sa ubang distrito sa Tagbilaran? These last three months, diha gipatay si Martin Williams. Diha pud napusilan ang mga kabataan nga gigukod sa mga pulis, nga karon gipasakaan nag kiha. Concerned resident ra ko.
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« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2009, 01:50:20 AM »
Basin taas ang crime rate sa Mansasa kay busy ug swertres ang kapitan.
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« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2009, 02:01:58 AM »
mansasa >>> mansassachussets
No more monkey business!

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« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2009, 02:11:00 AM »
murag anha man siguro mag tapok ang mga crips ug bloods. anha jud sa ubos sa cathedral dayon nang adto sa dagat.
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« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2009, 10:03:55 AM »

Bitaw Ging. Maayo ra pud nadakpan na, aron palingkuron ang mas tarong nga tagabantay sa kalinawan anang lugar. Nagplano ko ipa-renovate akong payag diha duol sa bakilid kay magsugod mi ug gamay nga orchid garden. Naa pa man ang mga bata duol sa HNU kay concerned lagi ko sa safety sa Mansasa. Mga 2003, brisk-walking ra man mi sa akong Mama gikan Mansasa paingon Cogon sayo sa buntag, wala may kahadlukan. Karon bisag adlaw, murag kulba na.

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« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2009, 11:37:17 AM »
I have an international friend who was a neighbor just down the street from Blanco he always told me that this Blanco is familiair with many people.

Hmmm? I wonder why that was always.

Can you imagine this being a slap in the face towards Mayor Dan Lim as this was done by Cebu police force and not by his ownTagbilaran PNP team!... :o

Could it be that Mayor could have been profitting from this as well?

You should hear the buzz buzz buzz going on around here. (when things happen here it is normal for buzz2 to happen).

Anyways lets just see how the case turns out as I am not so familiar with what are the real happenings with this case?

Not like some how I do happen to have plenty knoweldge about.

Swertez is played rampant all over the province and I thought Provincail Edgardo Inking was promising to raise hell and put an end to it but the Philippine persons know it is illegal but they keep on doing it and the people here support it because they continue to play the illegal game.

Some times I am confussed on an a community environment that does illegal things but yet they are Catholic dominant here?

I guess sense the Catholic church here is not helping the crisis here people are desperate to get money at any risk they can by hook or by crook to support the illegal gamble. I had noticed the lines at some of the local lotto outlets were dwindling down this past few months could it have been the local illegal operation was just more tempting and conveinant!

Maybe the church should not pass the collection basket two times on every mass. Stop taking from the poor the preists cars here are all very fancy indeed. The Catholic church needs to help the people here.

People need to be wiser and spent the money on feeding their families with food and spend it on being able to keep a roof over their heads.

Stop spending monies on things that are not important, in where it just make others rich and makes your way of living become difficult to make ends meet.


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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2009, 11:55:33 AM »
That the Cebu intelligence operatives did not coordinate with the city PNP and the City Hall in the arrest was really a big question mark to me.

Having been chosen the most citizen-friendly Police Station in the Central Visayas by the regional offices of the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in 2003, Provincial Supt. Edgardo Inking must have been deemed too friendly to act toughie on these outlaws, acting brazenly out of their official headquarters.

Leadership by example should start on the barangay level. If the barangay leaders we choose are honest and law-abiding, they could guide the grassroots in a bottom-top movement of responsible citizenship.


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« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2009, 12:17:09 PM »

i think you must have your brain checked. how could you end up blaming this church from a case of the capture of a barangay captain, who ran illegal gambling? not only that you are showing your lack of information about this case, you are also making sweeping statements in which you have no hint whatsoever of how this church works in this province. preposterous!

i believe you better open your eyes first, widely, before you open your mouth. you are not only being unfair, you are also acting so ignorant!


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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2009, 01:13:00 PM »
I really hope that with this arrest, Mansasa will start to become livable again.

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« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2009, 02:50:47 PM »
Platito the truth normally hurts and yes i do open my eyes and my brain more then you could ever imagine.

The church did not help with this bust.

But if they would help the poor here then less people would do less stupid things to get a holdof money or help to support themselves.

Please tell me what it is the collection money is going towards or we could have that in a new whole topic but here people are afraid to talk about the catholic church because God only knows if you do not have that catholic baptism paper you can  not find work or have a passport that dispicible to have a church do so much controling and not enough helping.

The Catholic church in America is helping very much poor persons whether you are a Catholic or not.

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« Reply #12 on: May 16, 2009, 04:10:52 PM »
When it comes to the security concerns of the community, everyone is a stakeholder--the local government, the police, the church, the NGOs and the individual residents.

I guess this thing has been going on for a long time, but everyone just looked the other way and pretended nothing was wrong. It has always puzzled me why major crimes in Tagbilaran seem to be concentrated in Mansasa. Either residents were coopted in the gambling scheme, were patrons of it, benefited indirectly from it, or simply did not want to stir a hornet's nest, considering that the local powers-that-be were themselves not doing anything.

Something's fishy behind this "bypass operation"--that is, the Cebu intelligence operatives skipping protocol and pouncing on Blanco directly without notifying their local counterparts. Afraid that a local tip-off will abort the operation?

I hope this will be the start of a concerted bust operation against all illegal activities in the city. No wonder the captain was not so concerned about Mansasa becoming the beehive of crimes in the city. Naa man diay siya'y laing gikabisihan. Or allowing street crimes diverted law enforcers from his illicit indoor activities?

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« Reply #13 on: May 16, 2009, 04:22:51 PM »
Let us not involve the Catholic Church in this as it has nothing to do with this illegal gambling done by the Barangay Captain.

Priscilla, the Holy Roman Catholic Church ABHORS gambling, abortion, murder, rape, and all social vices and sins that are deemed detestable to the sight of God. Since the birth of the Catholic Church in the 1st century AD.

The Catholic Church is a universal church; either it is in AMERICA, or ITALY, or FRANCE or PHILIPPINES. it is the ONE, HOLY, APOSTOLIC CATHOLIC CHURCH.

There may be corrupt members in some churches, who have allowed their vices to get the best of them--but the Church itself is not guilty. The Church is untouchable. It is impervious to sin, and ruin. Christ HIMSELF told Peter that he would be with the Church and not even the gates of hell would touch or overrun the Church.
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« Reply #14 on: May 16, 2009, 08:14:29 PM »

gapataka na lang ning tawhana. unsa imong pagtoo sa simbahan police? it is not church's job to go after criminals.
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« Reply #15 on: May 16, 2009, 08:52:44 PM »
About the arrest, the church has no role as its role is only to reform sinners.

Actually, the church should play an important role also as to providing basic guidance, counceling the parents how to raise moral and law abiding children. The church must play the basic role from baptismal.

Mansasa follows the expression of "just under their noses" as this is the closest barangay to St. Joseph Cathedral, yet unreformed by the church.
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« Reply #16 on: May 16, 2009, 11:15:39 PM »

there's nothing painful really of all that's said here, simply because they're not truthful. i always believe half-truths should be left ignored.

it just sounds ridiculous.

first, you have a case of a captain busted by the authorities and there's the conclusion as if the RC church has to take all the blames of these aforementioned criminal elements, simply because it is the dominant specie in this province. if i have to use that argument, then, should we blame all the protestants for what happens in the US economy and the decline of moral standards because it is predominantly protestant? 

second, more ridiculous. while it is not only preposterous that one points RC as the culprit of all illicit activities of PERSONAL and FREE-WILLED nature, it becomes worse when it's being "transformed overnight" into something like a crime busting institution, where it has no jurisdiction. churches can only do so much to guide the moral direction of their faithful; but after that, once one gets out of the walls of their churches, personal responsibility kicks in. after all, it is your choice. and if you happen to offend and violate the laws of the country, the Church is not after you; the state is.

third, most ridiculous.  "if you do not have that catholic baptism paper you can  not find work or have a passport." how could one pin down the blame on this issue to the church when it is not the religion who's demanding the baptismal document; employer does; embassy does--and for goodness sake, the church has nothing to do with these employers' and passport requirements!! FYI, by law, the church has no right to refuse someone from securing their personal records, like baptismal, if the concern asks for it--whether they are faithful or one-in-a-blue-moon churchgoers--provided he/she has the right reasons for asking it.

fourth, ridiculous par excellence. you should better ask whoever priest you know how collections are being used; they will explain it to you. and how they obtained their "so called fancy cars" (i spent years in Tagbilaran, i still yet have to see a priest riding on a BMW or Mercedes. or maybe you think, some of these priests's families are not rich enough to provide their sons a vehicle, at least a second hand car, so you tell it's from their sunday collections; probably, it is in your mind, Bohalanos are very poor. nope. these families are even polite enough to provide their priests a vehicle right after their ordination so that people have nothing to say where their collections are.) if you have been dropping A PESO in a church, if you did, during collections, you have the credit to ask where your peso goes; but if you're not contributing any cent, i don't think you are the right person to look for it.

again, i can't understand why this issue is first of all dragged into this TOPIC.

i'm not religious. just want to see the truth.

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« Reply #17 on: May 17, 2009, 01:47:31 AM »

hehehehe, are we going to include also what has happened inside the Capitol, because it is just not only "under their noses" but also "right in front of their noses" as the capitol sits in front of the cathedral? lol.



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« Reply #18 on: May 17, 2009, 01:59:28 AM »
Platito,

That was an excellent post. And I believe that this discussion should be recalibrated back to the subject matter. The Church is in no way directly linked to this. Nor should it be even blamed.

Let us not blame the Church, ngano man i-blame-on nato when there are so many vices in society that are because of a lack of importance of Church; a result of over-secularization.

Amen, sige, let the feud end and let us talk and discuss peacefully. Back to topic na ta tanan.

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« Reply #19 on: May 17, 2009, 12:19:58 PM »
The primary responsibility for apprehending law-breakers lies with the law-enforcers. Turns out this slippery big fish in swertres is a friend of the Mayor, and the latter even offered to provide counsel to a friend in distress. Tsk, tsk. To redirect this thread back to the topic, here's a detailed account of the arrest reported by Bohol Chronicle today:



Swertres raid nabs city barangay chief
    

BIGGEST HAUL. Mansasa Barangay Captain Manolo "Taran" Blanco, 50 (with eyeglasses) caught with bundles of cash amounting to P586,715 during an early morning raid at his residence last Friday conducted by elements of the Regional Intelligence Division led by P/SSupt. Melvin Ramon Buenafe. Right photo shows the sack load of cash carried by operatives to be presented as evidence against the suspect.        

Amid public criticism for its failure to catch the "big fish" in the intensified campaign against the illegal numbers game swertres, regional police operatives arrested Friday a city barangay captain identified as a "big time" financier operating all over the province.

A joint team from the intelligence branch of the Police Regional Office (PRO-7) and the Bohol PNP seized cash amounting P586,715 and various paraphernalia used in the illegal swertres.

Arrested inside his residence was Barangay Captain Manolo Blanco, alias Taran, 50, of barangay Mansasa, this city.

A certain, Arnel Pablo, 32, of Matig-a Street this city was also nabbed at Blanco's residence. He is one of the coordinators who had in his possession swertres tip sheets and tally sheets.

Blanco is said to be the biggest financier of the illegal numbers game in the province operating through networks in several towns with well structured coordinators particularly operating in the city.

He has been spared from recent arrests as police records showed that those "small fries" arrested are coming from the towns.

Past 7 in the morning Friday, elements of the PNP Regional Intelligence Division (RID-7) led by S/Supt. Melvin Ramon Buenafe and selected operatives of the Bohol Police Provincial Office (BPPO) led by S/Supt. Edgardo Ingking conducted the raid at the residence of Blanco in barangay Mansasa which is said to be one of the major headquarters of the illegal swertres operations.
         

By virtue of a search warrant issued by Cebu City Regional Trial Court Judge Sylvia Aguirre Paderanga, the raiding team cornered Blanco confiscating the cash in different denominations believed to be proceeds from bets and the gambling paraphernalia.

In an interview with the Chronicle, SSupt. Buenafe bared they have been sending surveillance teams here since they received reports on Blanco's illegal gambling operations.

"After our agents verified and found the reports positive, hence, we planned out the raid," Buenafe said.

According to Buenafe, informants told them that Blanco have been operating for several years now not only in his barangay but almost covering the entire province of Bohol.

Earlier that day, two members of the raiding team intercepted one Arnel Pablo, who confessed to be an "usher" for Blanco, along V.P. Inting Street, this city.

Pablo was on his way to the residence of Blanco when the police operatives cornered him. Seized from his possession were cash believed to be proceeds from bets and a swertres tip sheet.

The raid is considered to be the biggest success so far for PRO-7 after Regional Director C/Supt. Federico Terte ordered a region-wide crackdown against swertres.

Terte has warned provincial commanders and station chiefs that he will not settle for mere reporting but wants to see concrete results that would lead to the arrest of swertres financiers and coordinators not just "runners and ushers".

In fact, the regional commander has adopted the "one strike policy" and threatening to relieve provincial directors and station commanders if they fail to eradicate the illegal numbers game in their areas of responsibility.

Blanco and the seized items that included betting sheets, tip sheets and tally sheets
       

RUNNER Arnel Pablo, 32, swertres runner was caught at Blanco's residence during the raid while photo shows the huge loot of cash amounting to more than half a million pesos.
were immediately brought to Cebu City since the warrant issued originated from the Cebu City RTC.

It was learned as of presstime that Blanco was able to post bail amounting P40,000 for his temporary release.

LAWYER FROM CITY MAYOR

"I will not abandon a friend," (referring to barangay captain Blanco), the city mayor said during his weekly radio program yesterday.

"I will provide him (Blanco) the best lawyer," the mayor stressed while he said that he can not stop the illegal numbers game if the national lotto will continue.

The friendship of the city mayor and Blanco was re-affirmed by the mayor himself who admitted that he positioned Blanco as a barangay captain in the city's coastal barangay of Mansasa. Blanco is one of the 11 barangay captains identified with the city mayor.

RELEASED ON BAIL

The arrested barangay captain was released barely few hours after his arrest following the issuance of a release order issued by RTC Judge Fernando Fuentes.

The swertres financier was already at the City Port ready to board the 5:30 p.m. trip of Oceanjet to Cebu when the court order was served aborting his detention at the Recom-7 headquarters in Cebu City.

Col. Buenafe was shocked on the fast tracking of the court order but could not refuse the release of Blanco. However, the PNP official said that charges will be filed tomorrow against the barangay captain while he considers the evidences seized inside Blanco's residence as solid and heavy evidences to prove that he is indeed a financier of the illegal numbers game.

Atty. Amante, who spoke in behalf of the barangay official said he will file a motion to quash the warrant issued by Cebu Judge Paderanga. He questioned why it was not specified in the warrant the reason why it has to be issued by a court outside the province.

PCSO CITATION

The Philippine Charity Sweeptakes Office (PCSO) is proposing to its top management to give citations and awards to government enforcers who can haul personalities involved in the illegal numbers game.

VisMin general manager William Medice hailed the accomplishment of the Recom-7 team who swooped down to arrest the barangay official engaged in the illegal numbers game.

The report on Blanco's arrest was immediately dispatched by PCSO to its top management including to Malacanang authorities.

Two weeks ago, Medice and other PCSO officials were in town for the diamond jubilee celebration. They noted down the proliferation of swertres in the province, particularly in the city.

SANCTION CITY COPS?

The raid of the PNP regional intelligence service came barely a week after officials of the PCSO urged the public not to patronize the illegal version of "Swertres".

City residents, especially in barangay Mansasa, likewise aired over the radio their sentiments on the unabated illegal swertres operations wherein even children resort to stealing just to bet in the daily swertres.

Asked why the raid was conducted without the coordination of the Tagbilaran City Police Station, SSupt. Buenafe said they wanted to keep the operation confidential as much as possible as previous attempts had turned out negative.

Buenafe also said the regional command will undertake an assessment on City Police chief Supt. Julius Cesar Gornez. He declined to say however of any possibilities that the city police chief may be relieved or administratively sanctioned in accordance with the "one strike policy".

"The regional headquarters always gives a freehand to local commanders to carry out their responsibilities, but in this case, the regional command initiated the raid due to reports that the illegal numbers game operation here is becoming worse," he added.

SERIOUS PENALTIES

Blanco will be charged for violating RA 9287, the law governing illegal numbers game, and could face stiffer penalties being an elected public official.

Under Sec. 5 of RA 9287, a government employee or public official caught as a financier or operator of illegal numbers game shall be meted the penalty of 12 to 20 years in prison and a fine ranging from P3 million to P5 million.

Whether elected or appointed, the public official will also be penalized with "perpetual absolute disqualification" to hold public office.

According to Buenafe, the gravity of the penalty will be determined by the court.

COPS ON THE TAKE?

It was gathered by the Chronicle that swertres operations in Bohol alone could involve some P2 million daily.

Two former operators of the illegal numbers game disclosed that their daily operating expenses would always include "budget for payoffs" to certain policemen and officials as "protection money" that could range from P500 to as much as P3,000 on a day.

SSupt. Ingking has repeatedly challenged the public to report policemen who are involved in swertres as this would damage the credibility of the PNP while he denied receiving protection money from a swertres operator based in a northern coastal town.

The provincial director has vowed a more aggressive action against swertres saying policemen will face sanction if they fail to arrest swertres personalities in their respective jurisdictions.

"ONE STRIKE" POLICY

Chief Superintendent Terte warned that he would remove from their posts the police officers who fail to stop the illegal numbers game.

Terte visited Bohol last month together with PNP Chief Director General Jesus Versoza to inaugurate the new police headquarters in Batuan town and to attend the groundbreaking of the police headquarters in Balilihan town.

The apprehension of two swertres operators in the same area by a police team from another town or unit would mean the removal of the station commander, according to Terte.

The relief of two police chiefs in a province would result in the removal of the provincial police director while the relief of three provincial directors would also mean that the regional director would be axed, he added.

Terte also directed the police chiefs to coordinate with local government officials to make the campaign against illegal gambling a priority in their respective locality.

He called on all sectors, including some members of the media who have been giving tips and results of swertres over the radio programs, to help in the efforts to minimize illegal gambling.



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