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Filipino archbishop names names in gambling probe

September 21, 2010

A retired Catholic archbishop in the Philippines has charged several prominent government officials—reportedly including a cabinet secretary and a former national police chief—with accepting bribes from illegal gambling operations.

Archbishop Oscar Cruz, the former head of the Lingayen-Dagupan archdiocese and a crusader against the influence of the illegal jueteng gambling industry, submitted to authorities a list of officials who were, he said, receiving payoffs from the jueteng operators. The archbishop has charged that government officials in the past have warned him not to press his investigation of the jueteng operations.


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