Monday, April 07, 2008

official gambling lord

Now it can be openly said in the country just as it can be formally proclaimed to the world: The Philippine Government is the official gambling lord—a living reality that makes all upright and decent Filipinos wallow in disgust and shame. The Philippine Gambling Corporation operating directly under the baton of MalacaƱang has the gall of proclaiming itself as preoccupied with giving employment to those who have none, with providing entertainment to those who have nowhere to go, and to provide facilities to boost tourism in the land. Really?!

All right thinking people—probably including even the dumb and feeble minded—readily see through the gross masquerade, futile camouflage or bad cosmetology behind such vain Pagcor expensive advertisements in full pages and in full colors. To promote gambling for charity and humanitarian purposes, to build a $15 billion gambling city for the progress and development of the country, even attempt to call the big and expensive gambling project as the “Bagong Nayong Pilipino Manila Bay Tourism City”—all these blatant deceptive claims are but signs of desperation to deodorize and sanitize the downright vice of gambling—with the present administration as its over-all “bosing”.

You have no rice and no medicine, no money and no houses? Have gambling. Your national economy wherefore is in a sorry state notwithstanding all loud and repeated claims to the contrary? Go gambling. You ruling administration is heavily loaded with a long list of graft and corrupt practices, beset by dishonesty and deceit? Go gambling. Gamble your life away. To say the least, these are the ways of the insensitive, the callous and desperate. In other words, such are the antics of a morally bankrupt government.

In plain language, gambling is an invitation to indulge in avarice and greed, to engage in lying, cheating and stealing precisely to continue financing the vice. A government gambling corporation is an official admission of ethical default and moral insolvency of the public authority concerned. A gambler in turn is someone salivating after the money of other gamblers the moment he places a bet. This is already coveting what belongs to others. In case the gambler wins, the truth is that he takes the money of others he did not earn, he did neither work nor sweat for. This in effect is basically nothing less than stealing. Meantime, the government gambling corporation eventually and infallibly wins at the end of the day, i.e., gets the money mostly of the citizens—plus a few foreigners.

This administration is supposed to be serving the people, i.e., working for their common good, promoting their public welfare in return for the heaving direct and indirect taxes they pay every moment of the day, every day of the year, with every purchase made. But it is not a secret that the administration has progressively specialized in self-service. Translation: It liberally and nonchalantly uses certified public funds for its self-indulgence, self-promotion and self-preservation in power and might. The people are its pawns, the country is its capital.

7 March 2008