THE social cancer caused by jueteng appears to be still curable after all. In fact, once detected as existent and accepted as operative, jueteng is indeed readily vincible and wherefore accordingly stoppable. This is the clear and glaring finding of the “Krusadang Bayan Labang sa Jueteng” towards a jueteng-free Philippines.
The fact is that to eradicate jueteng, it is enough for our local and especially national government leaders to simply declare “No to jueteng!”, to merely say “No to jueteng payola!”, and this curse of our communities is gone and done away with. No guns are needed. Not a single bullet need be fired. Just this: “Stop it!”, “Enough!” to be clearly said and really meant by public authorities.
In other words, it is but the pure and determined will of the local officials and the police authorities that is enough to put a genuine and definite stop to jueteng. The infallible truth is that if only the President of the Country would really want to expel jueteng from all over the Country, then only but its memory would remain therein. She needs no military forces, no strategic planning, no hard work. If she would but simply say the two-letter word “No to jueteng” which sadly she refuses to do. If she would only order jueteng to “Go!” which surprisingly she does not do so. With the President’s “No!” and “Go!”, the national crusade against jueteng would be immediately irrelevant, would automatically make Jueteng-Free Philippines a living reality.
The Krusadang Bayan Laban sa Jueteng has presently identified no less than some 87 local public officials whose respective territorial coverages are altogether free of such a corrupt and corrupting illegal numbers games. The proven fact that no jueteng is played in their Cities, Municipalities and Districts, squarely finds its premise on their decided option to allow no gambling operators to ply their racket in their places of authority.
The President has been formally invited to grace the signal occasion of giving due recognition to those 87 civil officials, tentatively scheduled for 6 April 2003.
3 April 2003