Gambling stands on a tripod of dubious and devious individuals: gambling operators, gamblers, gambling beneficiaries. They all have a common denominator: they covet the money of others. They neither work nor toil. They simply wait and hope. When they lose, the money might not even be theirs. When they win, the money infallibly belongs to others.
But above all, they are all liabilities of society. No one is proud of being a gambler. That is why gamblers try to hide their identities. And when seen, pictured and pointed at, they also try their best to deny who they are.
Private corporations do not want gamblers especially in the management levels. There is the standing suspicion that they would not perform well, that they could malverse funds. Even simple people find it hard to trust gamblers. They could be losing money much more than they earn. They might therefore be stealing to fund their vice of gambling.
Gamblers are losers. The gambling operators and the gambling beneficiaries are the winners. The operators rake in the money of gamblers. The beneficiaries live by the money taken from the gamblers. There is a grand conspiracy between the gambling operators and beneficiaries against the gamblers. That is why they are always the losers.
The Philippine government is an official gambling operator. It publicly promotes gambling. It avidly entices gamblers in and out of the country. It knowingly creates gambling addicts. It is a known gambling advocate.
The Philippine government is also not a so secrete protector of illegal gambling among the poor. It sees to it that there is gambling not only for the wealthy but also for the needy. In the absence of work anywhere, it sees to it that there be gambling everywhere.
It is both ridiculous and incongruous for a republic to be strong when gambling is its flagship. With a skewed value system and a twisted principle subscribed to by national leadership, the people cannot become great, the republic can only be weak. And this is precisely why in this country, corruption has become a profession, cheating an art, lying a custom.
28 November 2005