Isko Moreno and 5 councilors Arrested for allegedly hosting an illegal gambling (Bingo)
Vice Mayor Isko Moreno and 5 councilors Arrested for allegedly hosting an illegal gambling
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Vice Mayor Isko Moreno and 5 councilors were arrested on Saturday for allegedly hosting an illegal ambling event in Manila.
A bingo game in Manila leads to the arrest of the Vice Mayor, Isko Moreno and at least five city councilors.
SPO3 Rowell Robles of the Manila Police District said policemen from the Manila city hall detachment were in the area to respond to complaints that there was a bingo game on Tambunting Street that was being played with cash.
While the police were speaking with officials of the barangay, Moreno and the councilors arrived at the scene and started to berate the policemen who tried to explain to the vice mayor that the bingo game dealt in cash and allegedly did not have a permit from city hall.
“There was a dialogue [with barangay officials] because there was a bingo game that appeared to be illegal gambling. But when the vice mayor arrived, he started to berate the policemen whom he called ‘puppets of the mayor’,” Robles said.
Before they were brought to a police station, Vice mayor Isko moreno told ANC:
"Yong isang konsehal po sinakal sa leeg..binuhat ng limang pulis, Inawat ko kasi nagkagulo na yong taong bayan," said Isko Moreno.
Police accused Isko Moreno and his group of illegal gambling. However, Isko Moreno strongly rejected the claim.
"For the past five years, we've been doing this every week, bingos are being conducted..This is a peaceful assembly.. We are not violating any provision of law for that matter. We are not violating any provision of the election code," the Manila Vice Mayor added.
Moreno is convinced that their arrest was politically motivated. He says this is not the first time they were harassed by the police.
Former President, Joseph Estrada, went into the police station to check on Isko Moreno, his running mate this coming election.
Estrada claimed the arrest was illegal and they plan to sue the Manila police.
On the other hand, Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim defended the arresting officers saying that "nobody is above the law". The Mayor even said that the arresting officers should be commended for fulfilling their duties.
Source: ANC news, Manila Standard Today
Update: Isko Moreno was released by the Manila police due to insufficient evidence over the alleged gambling on Saturday. Isko Moreno's camp is now comtemplating if they will file counter charges against the arresting officers.
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