Are perias a front for illegal gambling? Print
Wednesday, 25 October 2017 16:10

By R.G Antonet Go

The City Council is investigating the alleged involvement of small town fairs (peryas) in the proliferation of illegal gambling activities in the city.

The matter was referred to the Committee on Games and Amusements by majority of the councilors after a dialogue held during its regular session yesterday.

Dialogue proponent Councilor Teodyver Arquiza presented photos and videos reportedly taken from peryas showing alleged illegal gambling activities.

Councilors Sang Jimenez and  Charlie Mariano have recommended to suspend the issuance of permits to peryas after reports surfaced that "peryas" have become a front for illegal gambling activities instead of merely offering parlor games to its patrons.

Majority of their colleagues however opted to refer the matter to the Committee on Games and Amusements pending the issuance of an ordinance that would regulate the operation of these peryas.

"This is something that could affect the morals and well being of the youth. There must be an ordinance in place to make sure that the youth are fully protected from illegal gambling and other things that come with perya operations,"  Mariano said.

The City Council requested the City Administrator's Office to prepare a draft ordinance on perya operations to be certified as urgent by the Mayor and for presentation to the City Council.

Mariano also underscored the need for public hearings to make sure that the ordinance passed is acceptable to the people.

Meanwhile, Councilor Marxander Cabato, Committee on Games and Amusements Chairman, assured the participation of barangay officials, the police, the City Administrators Office and all concerned parties.

"El illegal gambling amo diaton contrario.  Mucho kita pwede man cuento na committee level y mucho angulo kita pwede mira,"  Cabato said. (R.G Antonet Go)