“Gambling worsens crimes, destroys lives” – Bishop Pabillo

“Pera na ba ang nagpapatakbo ng buhay natin, na lahat ng prinsipiyo, pati ang ating salita at kabutihan ng mamamayan ay isasantabi kasi kailangan natin ng pera?”

This was Bishop Broderick Pabillo’s question to the faithful as he expressed his disapproval on the move to allow gambling operations in Boracay Island.

In his Sunday Mass homily on August 29 at the St. Joseph the Worker Cathedral in Taytay, Palawan, he criticized the President’s change of tune on prohibiting casinos at the country’s top holiday destination.

“Sa pahayag ng Presidente, sinabi niya: “Ngayon po wala tayong pera. Kung saan tayo makakuha ng pera, kukunin ko. Kung dyan sa gambling, so be it.” At pinayagan niya na magtayo ng casino sa Boracay na noong 2018 ay pinagbawal niya kasi dapat daw gambling-free ang Boracay kasi he hates gambling daw. Ngayon nag-iba na ang tugtog kaya pati ang mga POGO ng mga Instik ay pinapayagan,” Bishop Pabillo said.

The Vicar Apostolic of Taytay pointed out that aside from dirty money, gambling causes destruction of people’s lives and proliferation of crime in the country.

“Alam naman natin na ang sugal ay hindi lang nagdadala ng pera. Nagdadala din ito ng corruption, ng kidnapping, ng patayan at nakakasira ng pamilya at ng buhay ng tao,” Pabillo, who also serves as chairman of the Episcopal Commission on the Laity of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), emphasized.

In his televised address on the evening of August 26, Duterte reasoned lack of government funds due to the pandemic for his go-signal to establish a casino in Boracay and the resumption of off-shore gaming or POGO since July.

In a report by Japan-based news outlet Nikkei Asia on August 27, Duterte’s policy reversal on Boracay casino ban would pave the way to the continuation of the construction of the controversial casino project by Macao’s Galaxy Entertainment Group and local tycoon Andrew Tan.

The Catholic Church is a staunch opponent of illegal gambling in the Philippines and continuously express their condemnation through pastoral letters released by the CBCP in recent years. (Lem Leal Santiago/SOCOM-Binondo Church | File Photo by Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC)

For reference:
https://asia.nikkei.com/Business/Media-Entertainment/Duterte-drops-Boracay-casino-ban-opening-door-for-Macao-s-Galaxy

 

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