Bishop backs Duterte move to stop Lotto, gaming outlets

Bishop backs Duterte move to stop Lotto, gaming outlets

By CBCP News

July 29, 2019

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic bishop said he agrees with the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to shut down lotto kiosks and other gaming outlets due to alleged corruption.

“It is very inspiring and encouraging decision of the president to cancel, stop Lotto outlets,” Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga said.

“All are winners, better future is secured, and morality is uphold. Gambling is vice, an addiction that will only lead to crime and corruption,” he said.

The prelate then expressed hope that Duterte will remain steadfast in his decision to gambling in the country.

“We pray and hope that the president will remain steadfast to stop lotto, and continue to eradicate any form of gambling in our country,” he said.

Authorities have closed down some 2,000 of lotto stores and gaming outlets over the weekend as the crack down continues.

Duterte on July 26 ordered the closure of gaming schemes of PCSO, citing “massive corruption”.

Many people, however, fear loss of medical aid with the closure of lotto and other gaming activities, through which PCSO raised money for charity.

With the suspension of PCSO operations, Bishop Santos noted the possibility of an increase in the number of people who might seek the church’s help.

He said, however, that the church is ready to assist those who are in need particularly the poor.

“With stoppage of Lotto is a challenge for the Church to do more for the poor, inspiration for her to be more ready to help, to assist our people especially the needy and the poor,” he said.