Bishop rallies faithful to oppose casino in Boracay
Bishop Jose Corazon Tala-oc of Kalibo. PHOTO COURTESY OF WAYNE ROSE HILARIO SUCGANG
By Patricia Julianne Escaño
September 19, 2021
A Catholic bishop is rallying the faithful to oppose casino operations on the world-famous island of Boracay.
Bishop Jose Corazon Tala-oc of Kalibo said the Aklanons “have the responsibility to take care and protect Boracay”.
“I appeal to our leaders in the province not to allow gambling casino that will destroy our cherished land,” Tala-oc said in a pastoral letter.
He also urged priests and laypeople to form discerning groups “and say ‘no to gambling casino, no to gambling in Boracay'”.
The statement was read during Masses in all the diocese’s parishes on Sunday, September 19.
According to the bishop, Boracay is “God’s gift” not just to Aklan but to the world and putting up casinos will foment “a culture contrary to the demands of sound reason”.
The Church, he said, is against gambling in any form because of its social impact on the people.
“This gradual takeover of the human psyche by gambling is a big liability that can become no less than a socio-affective disorder,” Tala-oc said.
“It will slowly weaken and eventually destroy the moral fiber of the people,” he added.
Reversing his previous stance on gambling, President Rodrigo Duterte said he will allow casinos on Boracay Island, citing the need for additional funds.
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