Barangay officials’ backing against illegal gambling in wakes sought

Bontoc, Mountain Province – Officials in this capital town rallied for the support of the newly elected barangay officials in the fight against illegal gambling not only in the central barangays, but also in the outskirt barangays of the municipality.


Police Senior Inspector Faith Ayan Igualdo, the Acting Chief of Police of Bontoc Municipal Police Station (MPS) voiced out the issue of illegal gambling operations even during wakes or funerals during the Municipal Peace and Order Council (MPOC) meeting on July 18, 2018 held at Barangay Gonogon, Bontoc.

While it has been a Filipino tradition to play card or dice games during wakes, PSI Igualdo clarified that it is still illegal in the strictest sense of the law.

Under Presidential Decree 1602 issued by then President Ferdinand Marcos in July 1978, it is illegal for any person other than those referred to in the succeeding sub-sections who in any manner, shall directly or indirectly take part in any illegal or unauthorized activities or games. These include cockfighting, jueteng, jai alai or horse racing to include bookie operations and game fixing, numbers, bingo and other forms of lotteries; cara y cruz, pompiang and the like; 7-11 and any game using dice; black jack, lucky nine, poker and its derivatives, monte, baccarat, cuajao, pangguingue and other card games; paik que, high and low, mahjong, domino and other games using plastic tiles and the likes; slot machines, roulette, pinball and other mechanical contraptions and devices; dog racing, boat racing, car racing and other forms of races, basketball, boxing, volleyball, bowling, pingpong and other forms of individual or team contests to include game fixing, point shaving and other machinations; and banking or percentage game, or any other game scheme, whether upon chance or skill, wherein wagers consisting of money, articles of value or representative of value are at stake or made.

With the presence of newly elected barangay officials, PSI Igualdo solicited their support in the fight against illegal gambling saying that they are the ones who see what is happening in their communities.

She added that police hot lines were given to the barangay officials for them to report to the police any illegal gambling operations.

Bontoc Mayor Franklin C. Odsey who also chairs the MPOC supported the pronouncement of PSI Igualdo emphasizing that outskirt barangays of Bontoc are not exempted in the campaign against illegal gambling to include gambling during wakes.

The Chief Executive acknowledged that with the limited number of local police, they cannot patrol the 16 barangays of Bontoc considering the geographical locations.

With this situation, he remarked that barangay officials were elected by the people to be the partners of the government in the implementation of programs and laws. Thus, they should serve as the eyes and ears of the police in their respective barangays by stopping illegal gambling activities even during wakes.

Odsey also expressed gladness that illegal gambling in the municipality continuous to decline with the intense campaign and operations being conducted by the police; and with the cooperation of the community.

“Cooperation of the community and barangay officials has contributed in stopping if not lessening illegal gambling activities in our municipality. Nothing is impossible if we are all one in the implementation of programs and campaign against illegal gambling,” the mayor underscored. // Alpine L. Killa, Bontoc –LGU


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Mt. Province Destinations

Alab Petroglyph

The Alab Petroglyph is a huge rock formation that was inscribed with bows and arrows and is believed to have contained the ancient fertility rites of natives.

Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.