Friday, April 29, 2011

Declaration of State Policy

“The State hereby condemns the existence of illegal gambling activities such as illegal numbers games as this has become an influential factor in an individual’s disregard for the value of dignified work, perseverance and thrift since instant monetary gains from it are being equated to success, thereby becoming a widespread social menace and a source of corruption.” (Republic Act No. 9287. 2 April 2004)

Noble and ennobling thoughts. Inspired and inspiring words. Admired and admirable intentions. And period! That’s it! Done! Thus a State Policy is gloriously stated and thereafter remains miserably stagnant. Thus something is squarely founded in and dictated by elementary ethics only to see paper prints which thereafter served but as waste and garbage. Such is sterling declaration of a State Policy whose significance and relevance were immediately rigid dead right after its ceremonious signing by no less than a Speaker of the House with the Secretary General, a Senate President with the Secretary plus no less than a President of the Philippines.

And some seven years later—under a supposedly honest and upright, crusading and renewing national leadership—the State Policy remains even more dead, even more rancid and putrid. “Legal” number games—read “gambling”—now even directly under the baton of Malacañang, openly cause and promote vice. To dare say that gambling, no matter its being “legal”, instead inculcate and nurture virtue is too offensive to and abusive of elementary reason and fundamental ethical principles, not to mention basic moral norms of right and proper behavior. The truth of the matter is that gambling even with its big mantle of officialdom, does not pass the criterion of “Good manners and right conduct.”

But why oh why? Why are illegal numbers games such as “Jueteng” in particular, have been freely and openly exploiting the poor and fooling the ignorant before and after the impressive Republic Act with its proclamation of a State Policy, before and after the incumbent administration that supposedly came to power on account of the corruption incarnate of the previous one? Where are all those duly paid public officials in the Local Government, in the PNP, in the NBI, in the Department of Justice—to mention but a few? What is the Malacañang tenant doing since the day it assumed power and authority?

Key question: Why does the national leadership not stop illegal numbers game in the country—specially the infamous “Jueteng” with its famous payolas? Why oh why?

29 April 2011