Thursday, September 23, 2010

Will legalizing Jueteng stop illegal gambling?

You might as well ask me if legalizing people falling off a building will make their inevitable impact less fatal.

There is a mass of hypocrisy surrounding illegal and legal gambling in the Philippines.

We all know that the Roman Catholic Church, Iglesia Ni Cristo, Islam and all forms of religion in the country consider gambling as a VICE that must be avoided.

And yet, well, a lot of them gamble.

The hypocrisy lies in the fact that some people will consider one form of gambling okay and another form of gambling not okay.

So, we can have a slot machine player thumbing his nose on a poker player, a sabungero calling a cara y cruz player an inveterate gambler, and so on and so forth.

The Catholic Church says that Jueteng and all illegal gambling is bad.  And yet some churches rake in generous donations from Pagcor and turn a blind eye to donations coming from KNOWN JUETENG OPERATORS.

Come on man!

If you want to all forms of gambling to stop, you have to focus on LAW ENFORCEMENT not LEGISLATION.

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