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Eight persons were arrested during an anti-illegal gambling operation by the Bataraza Municipal Police Station (MPS) at Sitio Marabahay, Barangay Rio Tuba, Bataraza town on Saturday morning.

The suspects were identified as Aileen Ompad Alpas, Justo dela Peña Atamusa, Marilyn Lanzadera Montemor, Bonifacio Tano Ponce, Rober Botalib Ochea, Dina Aboyabo Tongco, Regina Amada Bahio, and Joseline Vasquez Ompad.

The suspects were caught in the act of playing illegal card games called pusoy uno and tong-its.

Confiscated from them were two sets of playing cards and cash amounting to P780.

The suspects face charges for violation of Presidential Decree 1602.

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Jayra Joyce Cañete Taboada handles the law and order and the science and education beats. She is also a licensed professional teacher.