Thursday, December 09, 2004

PAGCOR: again!

There must be something fundamentally flawed with PAGCOR—a government corporation categorically and concretely designed and intended to promote gambling allegedly for the noble and sacred purpose of helping the poor in this already poor Country, and the claim of the reasonable and imperative rationale of funding government spending.

Let it herein be immediately said that the government is not known much less famous, for being upright in its handling of resources and in its spending of public funds. Furthermore, one can only wish he knew what percentage of gambling “earnings”—Read: dirty money—really goes in favor of clean charity.

It is said with a sense of righteousness even that PAGCOR is “legal”. After all, it is patronized only by the rich, the wealthy, the influential. In the same breath, the illegal numbers game called and known as “Jueteng” is branded as “illegal”—and with much indignation at that. It is a poor man’s gambling. How discriminatory, hypocritical and ridiculous can the government be. For the rich and famous, gambling is “legal”. They make big bets. For the poor and unknown, gambling is “illegal”. They place small bets. This is something for the book of the unreal and untrue, or the ridiculous and fabulous.

If PAGCOR were that good and great, how come it infallibly arouses continuous dissension within families, causes strong resentment in the neighborhood where casinos are?

The present reportage about PAGCOR and its officials, about its transactions and expenses, have opened a can of big fat worms. The no-show of the “Probe” segment on PAGCOR revealed a high-handed intervention strongly and deliberately made to kill the story. This is already a plain and clear indication that there is both smoke and fire in that infamous government gambling institution.

Get rid of PAGCOR! The Country can not truly point at it as a symbol of pride and achievement. Precisely, it is a monument of decadence and corruption. The nation has enough of moral liabilities. It can do without PAGCOR.

22 September 2003