.- Archbishop Oscar Cruz of Lingayen-Dagupan in the Philippines, said this week, that the regaining of moral values and the fight against corruption continue to be a priority for the good of the country. He warned against a possible resurgence of the “jueteng,” or illegal gambling that has become rampant in some parts of Philippines. In statements to The Philippine Star, the archbishop noted that “nobody in the current Administration seems to be prepared” to confront the gambling lords, not to mention incarcerate them.
Archbishop Cruz, who is leading an effort to stop the illegal gambling, estimates the games move approximately 17.7 million dollars. He added that gambling lords have bought off “powerful leaders,” which explains why “none of them have been brought to justice up to now.”