The Legalization of Jueteng in the Philippines
Jueteng originated from China. It came from two words “jue” that means “flower” and “teng” which means “bet”. It is Illegal but is still being played by both poor and rich and it is a widely popular game. The Present Administration of the Philippines and the Church is against its legalization while other politicians and the people involved with the game continue to persuade them to legalize it. Jueteng is an illegal game played in most provinces in the Philippines. It is a number game and its aim is for the player to guess the winning combination. A player should choose a combination of two numbers whose range is from numbers 1 to 37 but, in some outlets there are 38 numbers. In the 37 numbers, there are 1,369 combinations possible and in the 38 numbers, there are 1,444 combinations. A player may bet from 25 centavos up to 100 pesos. The winning payoff has a ratio of 1:800; every peso that you have bet will be multiplied to 800 when you win the game. During the impeachment proceedings of Joseph Estrada, he was found guilty of plunder after receiving millions in illegal payoffs. There was also a scandal back in 2005 that says that the relatives of the former president, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, are operators of the said game as well. It is because of these Scandals that made the other politicians think that it might be better if Jueteng would be legalized. Senator Jinggoy Estrada filed Senate Bill Number 2548 or the proposed “Jueteng Act of 2010” and Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile wanted the same thing as well. Enrile said, “I’m in favor of legalizing and if possible we’ll pass this and let the other sign or make a disposition of it. We will take a position we are ready to defend our position. I’m sure the others will oppose it with their own position. We can debate it.”
“I am in favor of legalizing it because; first it will erase all sources of corruption – corruption of...
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