Cagayan police face charges over gambling employee arrests

    Senior police officials in the Cagayan region are facing criminal and other charges after they arrested 22 employees of Meridien Vista Gaming in April, local media said. The officers, including Chief Supt. Miguel Laurel, were charged with grave misconduct, oppression and dishonesty, it said. In a seven-page joint complaint-affidavit, the Meridien employees said a team of policemen, supposedly acting on orders of Laurel and other officials, barged into the betting station and arrested the employees on suspicion that they were conducting “jueteng” operations in the area. “Respondents had acted in concert to conduct a raid on our office premises and unlawfully arrested us without any reasonable ground, [even though we showed] evidence that our business had the necessary permits and licenses to operate,” they said. The raid came two days after agents of the National Bureau of Investigation launched a series of raids in the towns of Bayombong, Bagabag and Quezon against Bingo Milyonaryo betting stations.