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aug09.2014 bWider coverage and higher penalties under anti-gambling law sought

aug09.2014 bWider coverage and higher penalties under anti-gambling law sought

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Wider coverage and higher penalties under anti-gambling law sought
A lawmaker has expressed concern over the proliferation of other forms of illegalgambling not covered by Republic Act 9827 like the operation of
“sakla”
 in urban areas.Rep. herwin !. "atchalian #$
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 %istrict& 'alen(uela )ity* wants higher penaltiesimposed on other forms of illegal gambling which +as a social menace& erodes the nation,s basic moral foundations.-e is author of / 011$ which seeks to amend RA 9827 entitled +An Actincreasing the enalties for illegal numbers games& amending certain provisions of residential %ecree 3o. $142& and for other purposes.-+RA 9872 was enacted in 2440 as a response by )ongress to the public,s demandfor a tougher law against illegal numbers games& particularly
 jueteng,
 because it wasobserved that the weakness of the old anti5gambling law contributed to the continuing proliferation of illegal numbers games&- "atchalian said.owever& "atchalian added that the enactment of RA 9827 only increased the penalties for those involved in illegal numbers games while making no changes on the penalties for offenders engaged in other illegal gambling activities as enumerated under % $142& as amended.+!he proliferation of other forms of illegal gambling has continued to leave animpression on the public that it is a source of corruption to some public officials and lawenforcers&- the author said./y increasing the penalties of other forms of illegal gambling& it would beindicative of the government,s strong desire to minimi(e& if not eradicate& illegal gamblingin its pursuit of social and economic development& he added.+6llegal gambling operators would usually conduct
 sakla
 during wakes in the guiseof raising funds for the bereaved& thus& local government officials and law enforcers areforced to turn a blind eye. !hey would also argue that
 sakla
 is ust being conducted as a pastime for the visitors&- the lawmaker said."atchalian& however& stressed that
 sakla
 is an illegal gambling activity which hasnegative effects on society& particularly the young people who are exposed to these illegalactivities.+6n many reported cases in etro anila& wakes would last for weeks not because people would want to mourn the deceased but because
 sakla
 operators need to extend the
NR # 3553BAUG 9, 2014

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