Friday, December 10, 2004

NR1122: No to jueteng

Mula sa Tanggapan ni Anakpawis Rep. Crispin B. Beltran
News Release November 22 , 2004
House of Representatives, South Wing Rm 602
931-6615 Ina Alleco R. Silverio, chief of staff
Celphone number 09213907362

Rep. Beltran says "No" to legalization of jueteng

Anakpawis Representative Crispin Beltran today said that the main reason
behind his opposition to the legalization of the illegal numbers game jueteng
was not so much moral in nature.

"Moves to legalize jueteng should be opposed not so much because the game
supposedly corrupts is players and paves the way for further social degeneracy,
but because the game is being used by already corrupt and unscrupulous public
officials and officers of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed
Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to enrich themselves and increase their
despotic influence over the regions and provinces within their respective

He agreed with a arguments of anti-jueteng advocates, however, that jueteng
corrupts individuals bettors. "Gambling is a vice and a form of sickness. Poor
families are tempted into using the meager funds they have for gambling
because gambling promises instant results, nevermind that more often than not
they never win. Jueteng also distracts people from what the national government
owes them - decent wages, steady and reliable livelihood. Gambling should never
be allowed to become the means to a living."

Beltran said that legalizing jueteng would only make the numbers game more under
the control of these corrupt public officials. "It's an open secret that a
bulk of campaign and personal funds of the jueteng lords all over the country
come from jueteng. Instead of promulgating and subsidizing genuinely
people-empowering livelihood and income-generating projects, there are
officials and certain local government units that streamroll government funds
into jueteng operations," he said.

"The national government relies heavily on the gambling industry for added
income because it uses up its own funds for foreign debt and interest
payments. Instead of generating funds from gambling, the national government
should rethink its macro-economic policies and junk the anti-national programs
that result to increasing public indebtedness."


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