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Why not: Jueteng

Jueteng should have been legalized eons ago. It goes way back Allan Peter Cayetano's past life as a puppy. Tackling why jueteng should be legalized is like delving in a tabooed bin bubbling over topics that have been the bone of contention since the days of old - immorality and poverty. I believe that jueteng is not immoral, it is merely illegal because there are statutes enacted that makes them so. What makes Jueteng illegal is meagerly the lack of permit or grant from the government. But immoral? I highly disagree. Morality is clear as dishwater with mud. Even the greatest minds combined cannot get to the bottom of what is moral and what is not. But seriously, what is immoral with betting? What differentiates jueteng from PCSO lotto andPagcor casinos? Why is cock fighting regulated and Jueteng isn't? If you come to think of it, the only difference is the amount of money involved and to whom these games are beneficial to. My excuses to those who are holier than the pope, but jueteng favors the poor. In this game, their bente singko sentimos matters. The mouths that the kubradors need to feed benefits. I have witnessed it myself, from a bet of twenty pesos to winnings of P36,000 which is already a whale of riches for the unfortunate. The illegality of the game obviously does not stop people from betting.

Keeping Jueteng in the black market is simply fattening the already obese pockets of our stinking politicians. And do you think exposing them will change anything? Let us not forget that they are licensed liars, thickened by years of experience. Legalization of this numbers game will amount to boosted employment and increased revenues for the government. The moral facet of the game should not be dictated by our law makers, it depends solely on the players. Sure, condemn Jueteng, but do so while alleviating poverty and eradicating corruption. Beer for everybody if anyone succeeds in doing so.

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  1. Blogger Claud | October 13, 2010 at 9:18 PM |  

    A well-written piece. And it made me think real hard about jueteng. :)

  2. Blogger MacVB | October 14, 2010 at 12:31 AM |  

    Hello, Claud! :)

    Thank you for taking time to read :)

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