It is not an exaggeration much less a fabrication to say that the present government is the biggest gambling lord in the country. This has no reference to the long standing and pervasive illegal numbers’ game that it nonchalantly tolerates if not openly promotes. Neither has this anything to do with the infamous gambling operators individually well identified practically by everybody except the supposedly competent and concerned government agencies. Needless to say, this is about the somehow omnipotent as well as omnipresent Philippine Amusing Gambling Corporation (PAGCOR) placed directly under no less than the Office of the President as a staff entity.
In order to someway disguise its ominous reality and camouflage its deleterious operation, the same government gambling Corporation spends no small money to loudly trumpet its alleged social welfare projects presumably all over the land. Recently, it even announced its glorious and visionary intention of putting up a veritable gambling city cum some amusement components for cosmetic purposes. Lately, it is staging certain entertainment features with a vague claim that it intends to embark in some kind of a vague cultural development.
No wisdom or any expertise is needed to see that in one way or another, the government gambling ensemble aims to sanitize its infectious nature. All gambling lords and operators are the same. They infallibly pick the pockets of their gullible gambling clients in the tune of thousands of pesos, and then throw away some centavos to charity. Thereafter, they feel great and generous, kind and saintly. Never mind what they do with the billions they have, hold and freely dispose. And never mind as well, the gamblers who eventually all suffer losses and clean dried of their money—to their personal lamentation plus domestic grief.
There are some standing facts that remain beyond debate in the gambling world. Gamblers are ultimately losers, and gambling operators are the final winners always. Gamblers are continuous liabilities to their work or profession, to their business or employment, not to mention their families and close friends. Gamblers resent being called what they are, and thus hide their identities as much as possible. Gambling is a vice—a bad habit that dictates thought processes and directs action patterns. Gambling is addictive to the extent that it has acquired a place in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Gambling wherefore caused the establishment of “Gamblers Anonymous” in all places where the vice reigns—as there is one regularly meeting in a known Hotel somewhere in Roxas Boulevard.
In addition to its medals of dishonor such as in the area of graft and corruption, in the sphere of extrajudicial killings and forced disappearances, in the matter of high distrust and disapproval ratings, and similar socio-moral handicaps, there is wherefore the added distinct title duly earned by this government, viz., “Grand Gambling Lord of the Philippines”. Meantime, there is hunger and misery in the land. There is a big exodus of workers. The Philippine pesos buys less and less, and the cost of living is becoming higher and higher.
And this is the “PHILIPPINES, MY PHILIPPINES”.
28 November 2007