Siman group insider surfaces
Claims some Atimonan fatalities linked to illegal gambling
MANILA - He was an insider in the alleged illegal gambling operations of the Victor Siman group.
Now, he is on the run and has sought the protection of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)
Going by the alias Jun, he was a driver of one of the victims in the Atimonan, Quezon encounter.
He says his fears were confirmed by the killing of Pandoy Morales, a cousin of Jun Banog, who was killed ahead of the Atimonan incident in November 2012 in Calamba, Laguna.
Jun says Banog allegedly handled the so-called intelligencia of the group, which means, he was in charge of distributing protection money to police and local government officials in Laguna.
Jun says Morales was often in the company of Banog .
Jun says the men were not guns-for-hire, but acknowledged they were behind bookies, a term for illegal gambling similar to jueteng.
He claims Vic Siman was a small town lottery (STL) operator, which holds daily draws under the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)
Two other secret draws are also held for “bookies.” The daily collection of bets is brought to a rented house in Calamba where the money is counted.
Jun says the Siman group controls the bookies operation in all of Calamba, except Bonggo, which is held by the rival group of a certain Fajardo and Don Ramon, including that of Malvar, Batangas.
He says the turf war erupted late last year when the Siman group was attacked.
Jun's boss did not let him drive during the day of the Atimonan encounter when the party went to Ronnie Jabitan, who owns a small-scale mining operation in Camarines Norte.
Jun says Jabitan is a business partner of Siman in a security agency and in the selling of gold.
He may have cheated death last June 6, but Jun fears he has been marked by the group that wants to take control of illegal gambling operations in Laguna. -- with ANC