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Duterte gives firemen authority to arrest jueteng operators

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has authorized the country’s firefighters to go after operators of the illegal numbers game “jueteng.”

Duterte issued the statement Thursday evening during the 28th founding anniversary of the Bureau of Fire Protection in Taguig City.

“Sinabi ko na sa inyong huwag. Pero ‘yang jueteng ganon. Eh ‘yan big time. You have the arr — the authority to arrest. Why don’t you arrest?” the President said.

“Just explain, ‘I am a government worker connected with the Bureau of Fire, I am arresting you because you have committed a crime’. Period. O tabla na kayo sa pulis,” he added.

In the same vein, Duterte urged firemen to help the government in maintaining law and order.

“Do not limit yourself diyan sa ano. Kulang nga tayo ng tao eh. I will explain in the coming days. But I’m about to do something drastic. It will not sit well with everybody, maybe including you, but it is needed,” he said.

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