Bishop opposes e-bingo operations in Baguio
Bishop Victor Bendico of Baguio. PHOTO FROM DIOCESE OF BAGUIO
By CBCP News
April 24, 2021
A Catholic bishop has added his voice against moves to allow more e-bingo sites not just in the city of Baguio but also in other areas of Benguet province.
Bishop Victor Bendico of Baguio, in a pastoral letter issued Friday, said that to even think about it during this time of pandemic is already “degrading and troublesome”.
The diocese, he said, has consistently been against gambling so they are “frustrated” to know that it continues to exist in the city and some local officials want more of it.
“We, the faithful of the Diocese of Baguio, strongly oppose the proposal to have more bingo stalls in the city of Baguio to include the province of Benguet,” Bendico said.
The bishop warned of “havoc in many families” if gambling would continue to proliferate in the city.
The diocese is also leading a signature campaign to drum up their call against more e-bingo operations.
“May we then be united to oppose the opening of other gambling areas where hopeful citizens can be lured to lose their money to the detriment of their families,” Bendico added.
“Let us continue to act and to fight gambling that destroys life, wreaks havoc on communities, and promotes greed and addiction,” he also said.
The city council has earlier passed resolutions approving the request of RCC Global Entertainment, Inc. to operate e-bingo and other games authorized by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation.
Mayor Benjamin Magalong, however, rejected the twin resolutions citing the lack of public consultation.
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