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By Joel Guinto
First Posted 20:04:00 02/24/2009

CLARK FIELD, Pampanga—President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo directed law enforcement agencies to stop “anything illegal,” especially gambling, amid reports that the underground lottery “jueteng” is back here in her home province.

“Bawal ang sugal (Gambling is illegal),” Arroyo said in a speech at the Holiday Inn Hotel here, where she presided over a Cabinet meeting.

“Let me take this opportunity to order all the local government officials to work together… and to stop anything illegal in Pampanga,” she said.

Arroyo also directed Interior Secretary Ronaldo Puno and Central Luzon police commander Chief Superintendent Leon Nilo dela Cruz to “stop finger-pointing” and make sure that troops are one in the fight against the illegal numbers game.

Pampanga Governor Eddie Panlilio, an Arroyo critic, had claimed that “jueteng” was back in Pampanga, and that the President could have a hand in it.

Panlilio also sought the replacement of the Pampanga provincial police chief, Senior Superintendent Gil Lebin Jr., for allegedly not being in sync with his anti-“jueteng” campaign.

Panlilio had also called for the ouster of Lebin’s immediate predecessor, Senior Superintendent Keith Singain, on the same ground.

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