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Philippine Cops Wait for Gambling Guidelines Approval

18 June 2004

CABANATUAN CITY, Philippines – As reported by the ABS-CBN News: "The Cabanatuan police is waiting for the issuance of the implementing guidelines so they can act effectively on President Arroyo's order to crackdown on computer game shops and other gambling sites near schools.

"At the same time, the local office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development suspected that certain police officers and barangay officials connive in the proliferation of illegal computer-based gambling in many places in the city.

"…The common observation in the city is that the culture of gambling has become deeply embedded in the residents, especially among the children, as many local officials are tolerating the operation of illegal gambling and other vices…"

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