By Artemio A. Dumlao (philstar.com)
LA TRINIDAD, Benguet — A woman collector was caught red-handedly “soliciting” bets with jueteng revived in Abra after the May 13 polls.
Operatives from the Abra provincial intelligence branch on Thursday morning cornered 52-year-old Julie Adame while allegedly collecting bets in her village in barangay Pamutic, Pidigan, a town adjacent to Bangued, Abra’s capital.
Senior Inspector Bismark Mendoza, who led the sting operation against the jueteng bet collector also caught Adame with P838.25 cash bets; jueteng “papelitos” with betting numbers, a stapler, a calculator, four ballpens and one box of staple wires.
Jueteng in Abra has reportedly made a comeback after it was momentarily stopped before the May 13 polls as rival politicians sought to plug the inflow of funds favoring a single congressional bet.
The alleged “jueteng lord” operating in Abra identified only by reliable sources privy to the multi-million opearation as “Bonito” allegedly threw his support to a single politician who challenged Rep. Ma Jocelyn Valera Bernos.
Jueteng gross bets before the May 13 polls had been hitting some P800,000.