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Transcript of Jueteng
Significance of the study
The protection racket enables the jueteng syndicate to operate despite its illegality.
The Power Structure
Jueteng is an illegal numbers game played in the Philippines. It was introduced by Spanish colonizers dating back from 1800's as it is a part of the culture of the Filipinos. Although much has been done to eradicate this form of unregulated gambling by government and community leaders, it appears that such efforts have fallen by the wayside due to its vast popularity.
People are fond of playing jueteng because of the low amounts involve in betting.
Laws against Jueteng
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 1757 October 9, 1907
- This is an act that prohibits gambling. Any person who shall knowingly and without good reason have charge or possession of, or carry with him any material or device that shall in any manner pertain to any game "Jueteng" that has been held, is being held, or is to be held at any future time, shall be punished.
WHAT IS JUETENG?
1. Jueteng is not illegal to the people; it is just illegal on its operation.
2. Many Filipinos and almost all Filipinos are already betting on Jueteng.
3. Corrupt officials will be lessened.
How to play Jueteng?
Usually the gambler selects two numbers from 1 through 37, and the winning number is determined by selecting a pair of numbers from two sets of 37 numbered balls. The minimum bet can be as low as P1. Prize payoffs vary, but every P1 bet placed on the winning combination usually yields P700 to P900 in prize money.
Jueteng is one of the many other problems faced by the government. This research is significant because everyone is affected by the effects of jueteng in the economy. To fully eradicate jueteng in the country, it is important that people are aware of what jueteng is and the steps that were already taken by the government to stop it.
In 2010, some politicians, such as Senate President Juan Ponce Enrile and Senator Jinggoy Estrada however, proposed that the jueteng must be legalized and taxed.
President Benigno S. Aquino III rejected the proposal to legalize jueteng and instead, he directed the Department of Interior and Local Government and the Philippine National Police to formulate a comprehensive plan to combat and to end the operations of jueteng in the Philippines.
It was estimated that this numbers game could churn out at least P400 million throughout the country or P800 million in a day. This numbers game is a P30 billion industry a year.
REPUBLIC ACT NO. 9287 April 2, 2004
- An act increasing the penalties for illegal numbers game. If the collector , agent, coordinator, controller, supervisor, maintainer, manager, operator, financier or capitalist of any illegal numbers game is a government employee and/or public official, whether elected appointed shall suffer the penalty of twelve (12) years and one (1) day to twenty (20) years and a fine ranging from Three million pesos (P3,000,000.00) to Five million pesos (P5,000,000.00) and perpetual absolute disqualification from public office.
The researcher concludes that Jueteng will continue to be one of the problems in the Pilippines. Despite the laws that were passed, Jueteng has been a way of life for the poor Filipinos.They know that Jueteng will never make them rich . However, they know that if they win, it will give them happiness even for just a day. Yes, to the hopeless poor, Jueteng gives them a glimmer of hope...to dream for a better day.