Fronton Jai-alai Game in the Philippines

Pasay City Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Pedro Corales has issued a 72-hour temporary restraining order (TRO) against the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) stopping the implementation of their joint memorandum ordering the police to seize off fronton jai-alai betting stations.

DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima earlier announced that the joint memorandum by the DOJ and the DILG targets the closure of operations of illegal numbers betting stations and arrest its operators.

The Pasay RTC issued the TRO following the petition filed by Ferdinand Ojerio, proprietor of the Green Lotus Amusement Center.

De Lima said that those operating off fronton jai-alai betting stations may be arrested even without warrant “because that is on plainview.”

The joint memorandum has been issued following reports that numbers game activities have spread in some Luzon provinces.

De Lima on Tuesday said in a press conference that the order of the Pasay RTC is contrary to the order of the Court of Appeals (CA) who recently ordered a temporary halt to jai-alai operations at the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA).

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