MANILA - The head of the Philippine National Police on Monday gave regional directors a 15-day ultimatum to curb illegal gambling in their respective areas.
Officials who will fail to meet the ultimatum would be relieved from their posts, said PNP chief Director General Ronaldo "Bato" dela Rosa.
Dela Rosa said his order also covers provincial police directors and chiefs of police.
"I am directing all regional directors to go all out against illegal gambling. I'm giving them 15 days to stop illegal gambling," he told reporters at Camp Crame.
"If they cannot stop illegal gambling, I will relieve them. I am giving them also the authority to relieve their provincial directors. And the provincial directors, I am giving them the authority to relieve their chiefs of police, those who are not performing, those who are not acting on my directive."
Dela Rosa also clarified that his directive was not prompted by an order of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to cut the PNP's cash incentives over its failure to stop illegal gambling.
President Rodrigo Duterte earlier directed all government agencies to "intensify the fight" against illegal gambling, which he described as a "social menace" that breeds corruption. -- With Henry Atuelan, ABS-CBN News