Gambling operator Charlie “Atong” Ang on Thursday accused two Cabinet officers and a number of other retired navy generals of plotting to kill him over playing operations in areas the place his firm operates.
Ang, who operates the digital jai-alai numbers recreation by Meridien Vista Gaming Corp. based mostly on the Cagayan Freeport, appealed to President Duterte to save him from Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II, National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon and a few members of Philippine Military Academy Class (PMA) ’82.
Ang, a former playing buddy of former President Joseph Estrada, is Meridien’s guide and basic supervisor.
“Mr. President, I am not asking for any business concessions. I’m asking for [protection for] my life,” Ang mentioned in an interview with reporters.
He claimed that he and Mr. Duterte have been buddies. “Before Digong (Mr. Duterte) turned President, I mentioned there have been threats to my life. The individuals ought to know this as a result of I is probably not ready to say it if
I’m lifeless,” mentioned Ang, a enterprise associate of Chinese playing tycoon Jack Lam, who had operated a web-based gaming on line casino at Clark Freeport in Pampanga province.
Ang mentioned this might be the third try on his life. He mentioned he acquired comparable threats from unlawful playing operators and authorities officers in the course of the Estrada and Arroyo administrations.
According to Ang, he was tipped off by some brokers of the National Bureau of Investigation concerning the plan to neutralize him and his playing operation, which was granted a license by the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority.
Ang mentioned Aguirre was participating in Small Time Lottery (STL) operation by his brother, Engineer Ogie Aguirre. He mentioned Ogie had been bringing traders to the Batangas STL and likewise operated STL in Laguna and the Bicol area.
STL is a numbers recreation that the Duterte administration is selling to stamp out the unlawful numbers recreation jueteng.
Ang additionally claimed congressman, whom he didn’t determine but, was Aguirre’s bagman in Quezon.
“I will name the congressman in a legislative investigation,” he mentioned.
He mentioned Aguirre was utilizing the NBI to neutralize him.
As for Esperon, Ang mentioned the national safety adviser went to Pangasinan province asking native authorities officers not to patronize Ang’s operation.
Citing info relayed by native officers, Ang mentioned Esperon additionally demanded a reduce from STL collections within the province.
Ang named some PMA Class ’82 retired generals concerned in STL as Jose Jorge Corpuz, chair of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO); Alexander Balutan, PCSO basic supervisor, and Generals Francisco Uyami and Isidro Lapeña.
He mentioned a number of members of this class have been protectors of unlawful playing within the north, and have been even issued STL franchises and later offered these to different people.
Reached for remark, Esperon simply laughed off Ang’s accusation.
“When did I become a killer? When I was a lieutenant I killed terrorists—Abu Sayyaf members. That’s all,” he advised the Inquirer.
Esperon disputed Ang’s declare a few conspiracy amongst PMA Class ’82 retired generals.
He mentioned he belonged to PMA Class ’74, Corpuz was from Class ’82, and Balutan from Class ’83.
“I don’t know Atong Ang, so why would I’ve him killed? “ Esperon requested.
“I feel it is best to name Corpuz and Balutan as a result of they’re those who launched STL to eradicate unlawful playing,” he mentioned.
Ang mentioned he was satisfied that the menace to his life was severe when he went to Cagayan de Oro City final Sunday for a cockfight.
While there, he mentioned some PMA Class ’82 members, whom he described as his buddies, frantically known as him on the cellphone and warned him to instantly go away the world, as a few of their mistah (classmates) have been out to kill him that day.
“I was told, ‘Boss go home immediately. Our mistahs want you killed,’” he quoted the caller as saying.
Fearing for his life, Ang mentioned he chartered a King Air flight reserved for emergency conditions simply to get him out of the world.
He additionally mentioned he had been receiving suggestions from involved buddies within the NBI and the identical PMA class.
“Last Saturday, friends phoned me and said ‘Sir, take care as you are a target,” he quoted them as saying.
Ang mentioned those that have been planning to kill him wished STL to thrive in areas the place his digital jai alai was robust.
“It’s OK if STL and virtual jai alai compete with each other. But they want to have me killed,” he mentioned.
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