The leadership of the Catholic Bishop’s Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) invited the “Krusadang Bayan Laban sa Jueteng” (Jueteng Free Philippines) to address its plenary assembly in the morning of 24 January 2007. The movement most willingly accepted the kind invitation.
After the meeting of its national directorate, it was resolved and approved that the national crusade against jueteng shall make a three-part presentation—followed by an open forum as likewise requested by the same CBCP leadership.
The first part of the presentation is the video showing of how downright expert cheating is done by the “Bolador”, i.e., someone purposely trained to draw the winning jueteng two numbers. This is done in no less than three “Bola” or draws. All the three pairs of winning numbers are first announced and thereafter precisely drawn as previously determined.
The truth of the matter however is that there are jueteng operations without any more “Bolador” or “Bola” properly speaking. Instead the “revisador” or bets-checker simply looks which combination numbers have the least bets-checker simply looks which combination numbers have the least bets. These are thereafter simply chosen as the winning ones. This choice is announced as such—with no questions entertained, much less any answer given.
The second part is an address on the “Gambling Republic”. This is basically the expose of the ever increasing legal and illegal gambling operations in the country. This gradual gambling invasion all over the land has become predictable with the present administration that gambles on so many national concerns.
The Philippine Amusement Gambling Corporation (PAGCOR) is in continuous high gear in putting up more and more casinos, gambling arcades, inclusive of gambling partnerships, in strategic parts of the country. The administration has gone to the extent that even the previously admired and accordingly honored Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) now engages in downright gambling operations.
The third part is an ardent and urgent invitation for the bishops to tie up with the different religious, lay and/or civic organizations. These shall be invited to identify and support anti-gambling candidates for the May 2007 elections. While to be anti-gambling is not all that counts in the evaluation of the candidates, to be pro-gambling can be anything but an assurance of elementary decency and integrity.
KRUSADANG BAYAN LABAN SA JUETENG
(Jueteng Free Philippines)
Tel. (075) 5235357
Fax (075) 5221878