“Ang dating Sick Man of Asia ngayo’y punong-puno na ng sigla.”( The Sick Man of Asia is now full of life) That is how Pres. Benigno Simeon Aquino III described the economic status of the Philippines during his Third State of the Nation Address. He was indeed proud to report to his bosses the progress done by his administration to the Philippines- such as the decrease in unemployment rate, the increase in infrastructures, and the growth in investments among others. However, when the Filipino masses are asked if whether they are truly able to feel the effects of the claimed progress of Pres. Aquino, most of them would only answer that they are still sick with and of poverty.
Because the Filipinos have long before realized that they cannot solely rely on the government to provide a solution for poverty just as people no longer expect the scientists to invent a cure for cancer, they found a way to be independent from their government even if a lot of things had to be at risk. And since when did they lose their confidence in their government? It dates back in the 1800’s, the time when the Spanish colonizers introduced Jueteng.
Jueteng whose existence has been calculated to last as long as there is poverty, is credited to the Spanish government since they were the ones who introduced and sponsored it through the governor-general in Manila. Tickets then were sold in boats or ferries to Visayas and Mindanao. Chinese migrants were the common operators and financiers. But it was only later when the locals took over the whole operation. Now, unlike during the reign of the Spaniards in the Philippines, the Aquino administration is no longer sponsoring Jueteng, though they are still recognizing it. Yet it is what people know as the illegal numbers game only in the Philippines.
Juan dela Cruz
II. Cause of Jueteng
“A game of Chance” or known as Jueteng, as we have interviewed Aling Nene, a former kobrador and a neighbor of Ms. Calubaquib, the primary cause of the continued existence Jueteng is, it is a game where you get ‘Easy Money’. Easy money because with just a few peso coin you can bet for a number and wait for the draw and from there you can win 25x or 700x your original bet by luck . Betting in this game of chance is affordable and many Filipinos, due to poverty, bets to have money. And from there roots the cause as Poverty. Poverty, as we all know, is one of the problems that our country is facing. Due to poverty many Filipino depends on the so-called game of chance, Jueteng. And mostly the poor patronize this illegal game. Many Filipino keeps on betting because they believe that Jueteng is a game where everybody can win especially the poor. And in fact the poor is usually the ‘kobradors’ because they also get a share/profit in it. Quoted from Aling Nene, “ Sa hirap ng buhay, sa ganito umaasa ang mga katulad namin. Swerte swerte nalang para mapakain ang pamilya. Sobrang daling tumaya at manalo kung papalain. At nakakaenganyo tumaya lalo na pag kailangan mo ng pera”. Another possible cause is that it is “Addictive”. Addictive in a way that people keep on betting because they have hope that they will win high money with their coins or from a low amount of money they will have hundreds in return. There is an inability to control one’s self. They get suspense and thrill on which number will come out after the draw. On the other hand, persistence of vision is another cause why people keep on playing the game. Continuing effort in betting is seen when people are obsessed in money. We could also say that due to obsession in power/wealth, even the rich people plays jueteng because of their corruptive trait. The way Jueteng keeps a person occupies is a reason as well. People always have the intellect or the will to bet because they easily get attached in the game, or the game Jueteng easily gets their attention.
A striking cause based from our research is that, Jueteng is a fixed game where the...
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