Friday, February 01, 2013

Pathological Gambling

The administration continuously trumpets its alleged incarnate integrity by going after (few, chosen, and selected) corrupt public officials. It insistently proclaims its already annoying claim of threading the “Daang Matuwid.” It is however not a secret that the Philippine government is the most infamous and much addicted gambler in the country. Not merely does it consider the eradication of jueteng as non-priority – the horrible Atimonan, Quezon massacre notwithstanding. Not only does it feel pleased and comfortable with the many and pervasive gambling ventures disseminated and sustained by GOCC PCSO. But it also affirms and promotes casino gambling all over the country through another GOCC – PAGCOR.

In fact, the administration is even assiduously cooperating and eagerly looking forward to the on-going establishment and eventual operation of some kind of a local Las Vegas in Metro Manila. To say the least, the main capitalists of the project seem to be dubious characters. The main envisioned patrons thereof once made operational, also appear as dubious gambling tycoons – especially from Asia. Thus, too, comes to fore the probability of the invasion of the Philippines by gangsters, racketeers plus members of dangerous syndicates associated with big gambling from different countries of the world.

Just for the record (again and again), it might not only be useful but also necessary to look into the personal liability and social danger brought about by Pathological Gambling in the country – courtesy of the administration. Behavioral experts clearly and specifically say that the more common diagnostic criteria of such a personality disorder are the following (Cf. APA DMS-IVtm, 1995, n.312.31):

1. Preoccupation with relieving past and envisioned gambling experience.
2. Need for more and bigger gambling for the desired empirical feeling.
3. Futile and repeated attempts of lessening or stopping gambling ventures.
4. Irritability and restlessness when trying to curve or do away with gambling.
5. Gambling in order to escape the feeling of anxiety or depression.
6. More gambling with more available money, wherever this comes from.
7. Lying in order to hide the extent of gambling involvement.
8. Commission of illegal acts to continue or sustain gambling.
9. Loss of relationships, employment and job opportunities on account of gambling.
10. Dependence on others for the availability of gambling money.

In retrospect, there is something basically wrong when a government does not govern but is instead governed, when a leader does not lead but is instead led, when a public official is basically a private person. So, too, when someone inspires and propagates the culture of gambling productive of pathological gambling. Hopefully, all these observations were untrue, irrelevant, and futile.