Gaming for gambling
THE title “Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation”—and so with all downright Casinos with innocent names or titles—is in reality but an euphemism for downright institutional gambling unlimited—not simply innocent “Gaming” as games are commonly and rightfully understood.
There is no such thing as “Amusement” for people who gamble their money away, who take risks with their family fortune, who expose themselves to living in deceit and/or corruption to finance their gambling fixation—in a good number of cases, even making themselves downright gambling addicts.
The title “Philippine” actually stands for the national government itself that is wherefore the entity precisely protecting and promoting the gambling industry and culture in the country through a legal corporate creation called PAGCOR.
Open, public, official and institutional gambling—this is PAGCOR. This is an eminent government-owned and controlled corporation. This is how far the Philippine government has gone to propagate and inculcate the vice of gambling in the country. This is how much the national leaderships in the recent past have gone forward in cultivating the vice of downright gambling in place of the virtues of industry and toil.
This government gambling facility stands for practically anything but something innocent and wholesome, noble and virtuous. In fact it can readily stand for avarice and greed, shame and disrepute.
In a futile attempt to validate and legitimize its operational existence, it spends a sizable amount of money for extensive public relations and continuous self-praise advertisements—calling the attention of even foreign gamblers. It loudly and repeatedly extols its so-called social welfare ventures while remaining absolutely silent about the individuals and families it has been breaking for long, the moral values and sound social traits it is continuously destroying. In particular, it is practically impossible to trace the big funds it funnels to whom and what for—comfortably forgetting the truth that “The end does not justify the means”.