Cruz asks: Whatever happened to govt’s anti-jueteng drive?

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MANILA, July 1, 2013— The thriving “jueteng” industry in the country has raised a question: Whatever happened to the government’s campaign against the multi-million underground lottery?OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz, a known anti-gambling crusader, said that jueteng operations are getting worse under the Aquino government.

Unlike in the past, the illegal numbers racket can now operate with politicians, mostly mayors and governors, serving as operator and protector at the same time.

“Jueteng flourished under the Aquino administration. In the past, jueteng protector and jueteng lord are different people. But now, there’s jueteng protector and jueteng lord at the same time,” Cruz said.

The founder of the Krusadang Bayan Laban sa Jueteng (KBLJ) said there was no resurgence because it never really stopped under the three-year old Aquino administration.

The archbishop also lamented that aside from jueteng, gambling is also gaining foothold in the country through the construction of big casinos.

“Pathetic observation: The phenomenon of gambling addiction in the country is through courtesy of the administration,” Cruz said. (CBCPNews)

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