Manila Mayor Erap Estrada says he won’t tolerate illegal gambling, but excludes jueteng from crackdown

It is what it is.

Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Erika Sauler reports that on Monday, July 8, Manila Mayor Joseph "Erap" Estrada declared an "all-out war" against all forms of illegal gambling but excluded "jueteng" as a game he wanted outlawed.


The report explained that the former president, who was convicted of plunder in 2007 for accepting P545 million in jueteng kickbacks, warned policemen during a command conference at the Manila Police District (MPD) headquarters that he will immediately relieve "the officers who will not be able to stop illegal gambling in their respective jurisdictions." Estrada referred to "video karera, fruit games, and basketball ending" as examples of illegal gambling but did not mention the illegal numbers game.

Estrada later explained to reporters that his exclusion of jueteng was due to the stand he made in 2009 calling for the illegal numbers game to be legalized.


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