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Filipino Church Dismayed by Slot Decision

8 June 2005

PHILIPPINES – As reported by the Philippines Sun Star: "The Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro voiced its dismay with President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo over the impending operation of slot machines in the city.

"Archdiocese media relations officer Monsignor Elmer Abacahin said the President has reneged on her promise to church officials last year to block slot machines and similar forms of gambling in the city.

"…This developed as Mayor Vicente Emano said he finds no violation whatsoever to the proposed slot machines to operate in a hotel under construction near Limketkai Center this city.

"…Meanwhile, Games and Amusement committee chair Reynaldo Advincula issued a challenge Monday to the Catholic Church officials saying that if 'it is really bent on opposing all types of gambling,' then it should also resist lotto operations in the city.

"…The church and the local government is expected to clash on the matter as the Catholic Church is bracing to launch massive actions against the gambling establishment…"

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