September 22, 2010 6:19am CST
It is commendable that authorities are finally doing something about gambling, at least in our city. On the other hand, it is deplorable that those who get caught are at the bottom of the gambling ring, while those who finance them are free to start all over again and replace those who got caught. It is also ironic that those who indulge in gambling are those are economically hard up. Unless we go to the root of the problem, which is economic and political in nature, it would just be a vicious cycle. Don't you think so?
22 Sep 10
You are right in there. Which makes me ask you a question, what then is the root cause of all this? Is it poor education, poor moral development, corruption? I honestly dont think that it is not only economic and political in nature, it is something that dwells in each one of us which can be pride, selfishness or greed. I regret that i could not answer your question directly but i just had a talk with my parents who are 100% Pampanguenos. Lilia Pineda is one of those mentioned recieving money from jueteng. True enough, when she was interviewed by GMA and asked if she has ever operated in jueteng, then she replied, she has so much wanted to serve the public of Pampanga and has longed for a high position in the government in order to help them." This so supports the statement of my parents when they said, "you know.. Lilia has been a good governor in Pampanga, her husband Bong Pineda is actually a jueteng lord. but you can never put her down for the charitable works she has done for the province of Pampanga. She has helped in building schools and pays for the hospitalization of the needy citizens. So many Pampanguenos can attest to that. If it was really true that she gained money from jueteng but puts the money to good use, then i guess God would forgive her. An old Pampangueno was actually interviewed as well and asked if he has joined jueteng. He honestly admitted it because he was so old already and could not earn enough for the family. It was one way that he could put his kids to school. I just wished that there would be some other way.
22 Sep 10
Hi! It really is complicated. Giving the example of Lily Pineda (I read about her and hear from news broadcast) is an example of an economic and political cause. The poor gambles in the hope of winning high and be freed from poverty while the rich get richer. I hate to think of the reason. But your mention of her (and people like her) poses this question...does putting money gained from jueteng into charitable works justify the act of jueteng (and other games of chance)? Means justifying the end? Or is there another way of helping the poor? What saddens me really is that those who have barely enough food on the table are the ones who line up on betting stations. Sad, isn't it?