Philippine’s President Rodrigo Duterte has once again gone soft on gambling in the country. Speaking at a ceremony hosted to celebrate the 118th Police Service Anniversary in Camp Crame President Duterte said that he has no problem with gambling but with corruption.
President Duterte also said that police officer, military men, and all Filipinos are free to engage in the gambling business. However, he reiterated that the gambling businesses in the country should not indulge in corrupt practices which brings in losses for the government.
Duterte also warned men in uniform to not take undue advantage of their position while participating in gambling activities in the country.
“Now, let me say this to you now. There are allegations that police generals, retired, are into the STL, lotto and whatnot. I said you do not have any problem with me,” Duterte said before police officers during the 18th police service anniversary celebration at Camp Crame in Quezon City.
“If it’s a bidding, you participate, as long as it is not rigged in your favor and you secure it, complying with the laws, no corruption, I will not begrudge you. If you have friends who are millionaires and would finance a corporation and you are an incorporator, I don’t see any reason why you should not be in that business,” he added.
Recently, Duterte gave an ultimatum to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to wrap up its business and gaming operations within the next 24 hours.
He said that the immediate actions are because of the massive corruption in the PCSO operations.
Following the order from the president, over 30,000 gambling sites in the country have been shut so far.