Anti-gambling advocate renews calls to stop casino operations in PHL

MANILA-- An anti-gambling advocate has reiterated his call to stop casino operations in the country.

Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Emeritus Oscar Cruz noted that getting rid of gambling activities does need not to be abrupt.

"Little by little, get rid of casinos because casinos are a cost of a lot of crimes, just like money laundering is thru casinos," he said in an interview.

With this, Cruz added that gambling has the same effect as using illegal drugs.

"Gambling is just like drugs. You need more and more drugs the moment you begin taking drugs. The same with gambling. The moment you start, the more money you need for gaming. It's addictive," the retired bishop explained.

He cited the case of Jessie Carlos, who was identified by National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) as the one behind the attack at Resorts World Manila in Pasay City early morning Friday.

"Gambling is a vice and I have yet to hear of a gambler who has developed his virtues, especially honesty. I still have to hear of a gambler who did not waste his earnings, who did not destroy his family, who became a better employee," Cruz added.

It was reported that the suspect, a former government employee has Php4 million in debt due to his gambling addiction.

On the other hand, Cruz said he was praying for the soul of Carlos, noting that his heart bled more for the parents.

Source: Philippines News Agency