Manny Pacquiao Sister Wanted for Illegal Gambling Ring

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The sister of Philippine fighter Manny Pacquiao is wanted on suspicion of her alleged involvement in an illegal gambling ring.  Her home was raided and 25 other people taken into custody Friday.  She was not present at the time of the raid.

Pacquiao, who was recently elected to a seat in the Philippine parliament, watched as the raid unfolded at the home of his older sister,Isidra Paglinawan.

A lower court in General Santos ordered the raid as part of a crackdown on an illegal numbers game known as "masiao", but Paglinawan, 34, was not at home, Sua told reporters.

Police seized 33,000 pesos (about 721 dollars) in suspected bets, said Sua, who led the raid. He said police would ask state prosecutors to file illegal gambling charges in court against Paglinawan and the 25 other suspects.

Sua said police were searching for Paglinawan.

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