Rodrigo Duterte, the President of the Philippines, has ordered to prohibit the stateís officials to attend gambling houses and play for money. It was reported that Andrea Domingo, Head of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), had implemented the corresponding law.
According to the current legislation, any officials, representatives of the local Army, Navy, and Air Force may not gamble at casinos. In addition, users who are less than 21 years old and current students may not participate in gambling activities. However, thatís not all. Duterte seriously intends to prevent the officials and their families from gambling. Their wives and children are expected to be not allowed to play at casinos. According to the current President, the officials should provide citizens with a good example and avoid visiting gambling houses.
Rodrigo Duterte wants to follow one of the former Presidents of the Philippines Ferdinand Marcos, who ruled between 1965 and 1986. When he was the President of the Philippines, the members of the government could not visit land-based casinos.
However, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation decided to cease this prohibition for the officials. Gambling had been allowed until Durerte was elected.
In general, Duterte is famous for his bizarre and strict attitude towards gambling. His actions are focusing on eliminating gambling activities from the lives of Filipinos. He believes that many local residents gamble and this may affect their personal lives and working activities.
The local government is also trying to combat drug addiction. Over 20 million dollars was provided for treatment of local drug addicts. This money will be spent on building special centers for those who are suffering from drug dependence. According to the official estimates, their number may reach 1.8 million people.
To meet the needs of the country, it is necessary to provide over 15 thousand patients with hospital care. It is three times higher compared to the current number of patients who are supplied with in-house care. At the moment, they are being treated in 20 facilities.
According to the Health Secretary Paulyn Jean B. Rosell-Ubial, approximately 18 thousand drug addicts should be hospitalized immediately.