The Punong Barangay of Tangub in Bacolod City, Noli Villarosa, has denied allegations of his involvement in illegal small town lottery (STL) operations in Kabankalan City.
Villarosa, during a press conference held at the Barangay Hall of Tangub, yesterday, March 9, challenged the NBI officials in Bacolod City to resign if the charges filed against him are proven false in court. He reiterated that he is willing to resign from his post if the NBI can prove his guilt.
Villarosa, along with two other barangay captains and another individual, were charged by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) for their alleged involvement in illegal gambling activities.
The charges against Villarosa and his co-accused were filed at the Kabankalan City Prosecutor’s Office.
NBI-Bacolod chief, Atty. Renoir Baldovino, said the charges are related to Republic Act 9287, which increased penalties for illegal numbers games, amending certain provisions of Presidential Decree 1602.
The local NBI chief stated that they have enough documentary and testimonial evidence that could point to the respondents’ involvement in illegal STL operations. The charges were the result of their investigations, which included an entrapment operation on February 15 that resulted in the arrest of three bet collectors and a bettor in Barangays 5, 6, and 7.
Villarosa called on Bacolod City Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez and Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson to open a forum on illegal gambling and invite all law enforcement agencies to attend to find a way to identify individuals who are really involved in the illegal numbers game.