Topics: Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Philippines, Corazon Aquino Pages: 7 (2428 words) Published: October 12, 2012
Jueteng in the Philippines is a problem of previous administrations and now a big challenge to President-apparent Noynoy Aquino on whether to legalize or put an end to it. What is jueteng? It is an illegal numbers game played in the Philippines that originated from China meaning "flower" (jue) and "bet" (teng). Players need to choose 2 numbers from 1 to 37 and place their bets. There is no limit as to the number of bets. The players' numbers and bets are gathered by the "kubrador" (sort of collecting agent) and forwarded to what we call "kabo or bangka." Two number winning combinations are determined by a raffle from two sets of 37 numbered balls. The amount of winnings will depend on the amount of the bet. The higher the bet, the higher the winning. Also, players use strategies in placing bets, where a 3-peso bet could win differently depending on the style of bet. On the other hand, "kubrador" gets a sort of commission from the winnings, plus incentives (not compulsory) from the winning players. So, in short, it serves as a source of livelihood for them. But why is jueteng illegal and yet PCSO Lotto and Pagcor Casinos are not? The two also are numbers games; there are players and winnings on the pot. One common reason given by those who opposed the legalization of jueteng is that the lower class of community tends to depend on "luck" (chance of winning) in jueteng. Also, those who opposed jueteng want to cut or even stop the bribe being given by gambling lords to police enforcers, politicians and others. Legalizing Jueteng in our country doesn’t affect the whole country. Let the people be responsible for dealing with their lives. Let no one dictate what is good or bad for one's life. Let people decide where to spend their money and learn from their bad decisions, in case they lose. Second, only police enforcers and politicians are benefitting from it. There are many issues of bribery that even went up to the Office of the President, as in the case of former president Joseph Estrada that eventually led to his guilty verdict on his plunder case. If there are legal numbers games, why not jueteng? Why not let the government and the people benefit from it and not those corrupt politicians and law enforcers receiving the blood money? Admittedly, jueteng is very popular with both rich and poor people and I think legalizing it will benefit the people and the government in a way. http://sharedreviews.com/article/to-legalize-jueteng-or-not-in-the-philippines

Lot of Filipinos is putting their everyday living in LUCK. Even there are only few chances in winning but then if Jueteng will be legalized lots of politicians, police and others will Jueteng is a numbers game played in the Philippines that is surrounded by controversy because despite its illegal status, it is widely played in the country. Jueteng comes from the Chinese words “hue” meaning flower and “teng” meaning bet. It is played by Filipinos of all classes, and operated through an elaborate network of agents and gambling lords. In Jueteng, 2 sets of balls numbered 1 to 37 are combined and then two numbers are drawn. Whoever has the winning combination wins, and gets a payout of 1:800. In a country where poverty is rampant, many rely on gambling for a quick buck, especially since the minimum bet on Jueteng is virtually close to nothing that everyone can afford to place a bet. In a household, a jueteng agent or collector can even encourage school age kids to place a wager. Many politicians and police are under the jueteng payola, or jueteng payoff. These are payment made to those in authority in order to turn a blind eye on jueteng. Former President Joseph Estrada was ousted because of the jueteng scandal, as exposed by Governor Chavit Singson who is a jueteng proponent himself, over a squabble on jueteng payoff. The next president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is also believed to have received millions in jueteng money. Among those also suspected on the jueteng payee list...
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