Various barangay leaders in Quezon City are seeking an investigation into alleged small town lottery gambling in the city.
The leaders expressed their concern over the meeting of STL operators reportedly held in Camp Karingal on July 21.
According to their initial information, the STL operators attended the meeting allegedly held at the office of Quezon City Police District Director PBGen Antonio C. Yarra.
The group said that Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte was not represented nor invited in the said meeting.
Reporters seeking comment from Yarra were not entertained and were not allowed to enter the camp, the barangay officials said.
Belmonte had yet to react to the issue as of presstime.
The barangay officials noted that the city currently has an existing “gambling committee.” They said that technically, the STL operation was illegal, and that Belmonte was opposed to it.
They cited that recently, the Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD) summoned officials of Lucent Gaming and Entertainment, which has allegedly been conducting STL draws three times a day since July 15, 2021.
The draws, barangay officials said, were posted on the company’s Facebook Account daily, but according to the operator, it was just a dry run.
The officials stressed that the STL operators ignored the existing gambling committee as evidenced by their continuous daily draws, while Yarra, they said, failed to act on his part as the district director.
According to the barangay officials, a retired policeman allegedly facilitated the meeting of STL operators.