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GAMBLING ALSO A MORAL ISSUE, NOT ONLY A MONEY ISSUE – ABANTE

“I believe that gambling is an issue of corruption, not only in terms of money, but also in terms of morals. This is the reason why I have always been against it.”

This was the response of House Minority Leader Benny Abante to the order of President Rodrigo Duterte to immediately suspend operations of all Lotto, STL (small town lottery) and other gaming schemes of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), such as the Peryahan ng Bayan, all over the country, due to massive corruption.

“In the next few days, therefore, we hope that more light will be shed on these alleged crimes so that the guilty will be rightfully punished.”

“Everyone, including those of us in the Minority, agrees that government should be relentless and uncompromising in its campaign against corruption,” said Abante, who is representing the 6th District of Manila.

While agreeing with the President’s order, Abante cautioned that the closure of Lotto outlets should follow due process.

“Be that as it may, our crusade to punish the corrupt should be pursued cognizant of the basic tenets of the Rule of Law, such as due process and the presumption of innocence. While we understand, and wholeheartedly support, the rationale behind the President’s directive to close all Lotto, STL and other gaming outlets, we are concerned that operators who are unaware and not involved in the conspiracy alleged by government will be unfairly penalized by this blanket order,” added Abante.

“In the next few days, therefore, we hope that more light will be shed on these alleged crimes so that the guilty will be rightfully punished and those of us in Congress can do our part to aid the Executive Department address the issues that led to this development in the country’s gaming operations,” said Abante.

“In the next few days, therefore, we hope that more light will be shed on these alleged crimes so that the guilty will be rightfully punished and those of us in Congress can do our part to aid the Executive Department address the issues that led to this development in the country’s gaming operations,” said Abante.

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