GENSAN HOME OF PACQUIAO`S  SISTER RAIDED FOR GAMBLING

(Isidra Pacquiao (PHOTO AT LEFT) Pacquiao’s sister was not present during the raid.)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, JULY 30, 2010 (STAR) By Nonong Baliao - Police arrested here yesterday 10 suspects in anti-gambling operations after a raid at an outlet of the illegal numbers game “Last 2” that turned out to be the house of a sister of world boxing champion and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao.

The raiding team seized a still undetermined amount of money wagers and various Last 2 gambling paraphernalia after the raid late yesterday afternoon on the strength of a search warrant issued by Judge Oscar Noel.

The suspects were brought to the San Isidro Police Station, where Rep. Pacquiao followed and inquired what was going on.

“Kung totoong mga tauhan ang mga to sa Last 2 at ang kapatid ko ang nagpapataya, hahayaan ko na ang pulis na magsagawa ng kaukulang hakbang (if it is true that the suspects are involved in Last 2, I will allow the police to do the right action),” Pacquiao told reporters.

Pacquiao’s elder sister Isidra Paglinawan reportedly owns the house that was raided.

Police regional director Chief Superintendent Felicisimo Khu has recently ordered a crackdown on outlets of the notorious numbers game Last 2, which is based on the daily winning number combination of the online lottery draws of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

The police action was prompted by public outcry over the proliferation of illegal gambling in the city and outlying areas in Central Mindanao.

Illegal gambling operations reportedly rake in a minimum of P3 million in daily revenues.

FROM ABS-CBN

Pacquiao's sister linked to illegal numbers game abs-cbnNEWS.com Posted at 07/29/2010 10:36 PM | Updated as of 07/30/2010 1:44 AM

(PHOTO AT LEFT - Money and gambling paraphernalia seized from Isidra Pacquiao-Paglinawan's house.)

GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines – Armed with a search warrant, authorities swooped down on the house of an elder sister of 7-division world boxing champ and Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao on suspicion that it was being used for an illegal gambling operation.

General Santos City police raided on Thursday the house of Isidra Pacquiao-Paglinawan, who is allegedly involved in running a “Last 2” numbers game.

"Last 2" is an illegal gambling scheme wherein bettors pick the last 2 digits of winning lotto numbers.

Arrested during the raid were 10 suspected “ushers” who allegedly operate the scheme.

Police seized gambling paraphernalia and thousands of pesos during the raid. (Click here for ABS-CBN's exclusive video.)

One of the boxer’s lawyers did not try to stop the raiding team.

“I understand that the searching team will do their work. They have to continue processing the documentation,” said lawyer Giovanni Mata.

Police were already collecting evidence when the first-term Congressman Pacquiao rushed to the house on Thursday.

His father, Rosalio, was having a small birthday celebration at the adjacent house, which is why they were surprised to see several policemen entering his sister’s residence.

Pacquiao said he has yet to talk to his sister regarding the matter, and vowed not to use his influence to help his sister get off the hook.

“Kung may kinalaman siya dito e...kung kailangan niyang...kung may kasalanan siya, e di parusahan. Ganoon naman ako, walang pinipili,” he said.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) Region 12 has been on an anti-illegal gambling drive for the past 3 months.

Police said they will be filing complaints against those involved in the illegal numbers game. -- report from Francis Canlas, ABS-CBN News Soksargen


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