Pero guess what, Deej, hindi nakikinig si ate glo:
Gambling haven. I remembered during the impeachment trial of former President Estrada, one of the issues being used against him is the opening of a casino in Manila Bay with Hong Kong based Casino owner Stanley Ho. This agreement draw protest from the religious sector and civil society groups. But recently PAGCOR, is planning to set up a $15-$20 billion gaming and entertainment complex in the country which will be funded by foreign investments. This “gaming” mecca will be called Pagcor city. I think this is just the same as the one proposed by Stanley Ho which was vehemently opposed by Church and civil society groups.
But PAGCOR Chair, Ephraim Genuino is quite confident that the CBCP will not opposed to the plan because PAGCOR is “helping” CBCP in its projects.Genuino said Pagcor is not expecting the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines to oppose the development because the state-owned gaming agency has helped with many of the Church’s programs.“The Church will understand it because we have been contributing a lot to their social projects.”
The mistake erap made was that he didn't use gambling to buy off the bishops, unlike the admin with PAGCOR and chavit singson with jueteng money.
Remember the outrage the anti-erap opposition felt over stanley ho and his casinos?
Remember when Cardinal Sin blasted Ho and his gambling empire nung panahon ni erap?
Hindi ba bumagsak si Erap dahil sa juetengate?
Pero mukhang nagbago ang tono ng CBCP post Edsa Dos. It is now okay pala to accept jueteng money or gambling money kung "gagamitin ito para sa mahihirap".
Jueteng ‘benefits’ Church
Gambling lords among donors, says CBCP exec
By Maricel V. Cruz, Reporter
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) disclosed on Tuesday that the Church has been accepting “donations” from big-time gambling lords.
Jo Imbong, CBCP lawyer, admitted at the House inquiry that the Church accepts money from whatever source, “whether lawful or illicit.”
Neophyte administration Rep. Maria Milagros Magsaysay of Zambales recalled what the former archbishop of Manila, Jaime Cardinal Sin, had said in 2000 that “he’s willing to accept money even from Satan as long as it could help his flock.”
If that so, Magsaysay said, then the CBCP should study its position on the proposal to make jueteng legal.
Pressed by Magsaysay, Imbong said that from her personal knowledge, big-time gambling lords “help in civic projects” of the Catholic Church by giving donations.
“We acknowledge the source of a donation from whatever source, whether lawful or illicit. I think we should draw a distinction between the source and the motive of the donation. When the person gives a gift, we should respect his intention of sharing, whether he’s a jueteng lord, a gambler or a Mafioso,” Imbong told the committee. “If we say that accepting it is not good, because it came from a gambler, we are judging the donor. Any person is presumed innocent until proven otherwise.”
Imbong’s explanation annoyed Magsaysay and other members of the committee. “Isn’t that pure hypocrisy on the part of the Church that you will accept something from an illegal or immoral source and then you just accept it, anyway they’re doing civic work?” Magsaysay asked. “You’re supposed to be the bastion of morality and yet you accept something from a polluted source and say that’s ok.”
Eh kung galing sa druglords o sa kidnapping lords, pwede rin kaya?
Eto ang reaction ni Conrad de Quiros sa balitang ito:
The notion that it is all right for an archbishop to accept gambling money because he is desperate to give to the poor makes about as much sense as the notion that it is all right for presidential candidate to cheat in elections because she is desperate to serve the people. The premise voids the conclusion.
Kaya pala cool na ang simbahan sa issue ng gambling at jueteng ano? Cuz they're getting some.
Of course, not all bishops have a blase attitude towards taking gambling and jueteng money now that arroyo is in power. archbishop oscar cruz is continuing his fight vs illegal gambling/jueteng, issues that led to erap's downfall in 2001.
But unlike before, he's all alone this time. Kung mapapansin nyo, siya na lang ang nagsasalita tungkol dito. yung mga dating bishops na nagpabagsak kay erap because of his involvement in jueteng ay tahimik na lang.