Jueteng: To legalize or Not?

Philippines
September 29, 2010 4:29am CST
I truly appreciate Pnoy’s effort to admonish government officials who are involved in Jueteng operation. But as this became a big concern of the new administration, A senator filed a bill to legalize Jueteng and quoted that “Jueteng has lived long enough since the Spanish period to withstand any more anti-jueteng campign as they all failed miserably”. Is that the way how we should perceived things? I still believe that if there’s a true will there is absolutely a way to stop this gambling. Others will say that it benefited the less fortunate people, so might as well legalize it but I truly don’t agree to make it legal. This will just increase the number of people who put their hopes in lottery and other gambling generating income instead of finding a descent job.
8 responses
@ybong007 (6658)
• Philippines
29 Sep 10
If there are other forms of gambling that are legal then there's no reason why jueteng shouldn't be legalized either. Considering jueteng illegal and yet people have easy access to the casinos is not only having double standards but it's plain hypocrisy. In my opinion, it's either we consider all forms of gambling as illegal or not. That senator who wants to legalize jueteng is right, gambling had been around since the spanish period, i think it's even way past that person since the chinese already introduces mahjong before jueteng (not sure though) but the point is, if the Filipinos had been gambling since time immemorial then there's no way they can take it away. make it illegal and people will operate underground just like what jueteng is now. If people wants to put their hopes on chance then let them be. It's their lives and it's their money anyway. In the case of jueteng, it's just choosing the lesser evil. Legalizing it means additional revenues to the government and not just "payolas" to politicians and police officers. Let's just be realistic and practical. Every one wants to win the lottery even if the chances against it are in millions but when you bet and lost, you don't feel guilty about it because you know that some of the money goes to the government and eventually gets back to the people who will benefit from it but that's not going happen as long as jueteng is illegal, when you bet and lost your money just goes to the operator and some of that money are distributed to bribe politicians and police officers, the politicians in turn lobby to make it remain illegal so they will continue to receive those bribes.
• Philippines
30 Sep 10
So if that would generate big revenue for the government then legalizing it would be a good idea. Therefore, in the future if there’s another inevitable and would be revenue generating gamble like jueteng, they have to legalize it again. : (
@ybong007 (6658)
• Philippines
1 Oct 10
I know that there's a moral issue why the church is against all forms of gambling. I am against gambling too since i am not a gambler. The issue with jueteng is who gets benefited the most. Currently, only the operators are the winners. The occasional winner already lost a lot from his previous bets and its going to increase as he keeps on betting in the future. I don't really mind if they're going to legalize waiting or not, what i'm after is, since they there are legal forms of gambling there's no reason for jueteng to remain illegal.
• United States
31 Oct 10
It would be better to legalize it, and not just because it's a long-standing tradition. It's not as harmful as it is, since no one is directly harmed. What the lawmakers should do though is to put limits to it. Setting limitations will set the bar for a lot of communities and will make people put this money to good use.
• Philippines
24 Oct 10
It would be fine with me if they will legalize Jueteng as long as there wouldn't be any government official who would use or steal all the collected sum of money earned through jueteng for their own sake. Its not the game itself, its the greed.
@angelic123 (1112)
• United States
6 Oct 10
Legalized of course! The government can profit from these. They can put taxes from this. Can create jobs for the people and there will no corrupt officials to protect jueteng.
• Philippines
29 Sep 10
for me they should legalize it because no matter what the government do there are corrupt officials and other people who need Jueteng for their own good even though it's illegal. Just an opinion.
• Philippines
29 Sep 10
Im not agree to legalized Jueteng. Though when they legalized it or not, jueteng is still there. For me, we just teach people in our country to be a gambler than giving them a decent job. I pray that government would think about this.
@LIENROSE (911)
• Philippines
29 Sep 10
it should be, the issue itself is impossible to be erase enough in the mind and in the culture of the Filipinos, for me it is just the low profile name of a Casino game, well id p-noy could abort the issue and the activities, he must provide some sort of living for the people who are involved.. thanks
• Philippines
29 Sep 10
for me, i want to legalize jueteng. filipino like to gamble in early days, gable is a part in our tradition and culture like for example sabong. if it will be legalize there will be a organize department to handle in that particular game