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Tuesday, September 7, 2010

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Cruz: Jueteng protectors out to oust Robredo

Source (Catholic Bishops' Conference Philippines Website)

MANILA, Sept. 7, 2010—An anti-gambling prelate claims jueteng protectors has joined the maneuver to oust Department of Interior and Local Government secretary Jesse Robredo.
Retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz said jueteng protectors who are holding key positions in the government are leading the calls for the DILG chief’s resignation.
Speaking at the weekly Church-organized forum, Cruz said these officials are using the August 23 hostage crisis to pursue their ultimate motive.
“Robredo is known as an anti-jueteng advocate. If Robredo will be replaced, then it’s a victory for jueteng,” Cruz said.
The known anti-jueteng crusader said he is certain jueteng plays a major role in the mounting clamor that Robredo be ousted from the administration.
“Isa sa mga kamag-anak niya (President Aquino) ang nagsabi na gusto niya i-legalize ang jueteng. That is not a secret,” he said.
Aquino’s uncle, Jose “Peping” Cojuangco, had already said that he is in favor of having jueteng legalized as some of his constituents when he was still the Tarlac congressman had been complaining about the lack of a pastime.
Cojuangco is one of the relatives of Aquino accused of meddling in state affairs as part of the “Kamag-anak Inc.”, which existed during the term of the late President Corazon Aquino.
Asked whether he believes that Aquino is already being asked secretly to oust Robredo, Cruz gave an affirmative answer.
“Palagay ko matagal na. Nahirapan nga siya ilagay si Robredo diyan e. He was one of the latest appointed. May problema pala kasi,” said Cruz.
Archbishop Cruz also exclaimed the continued jueteng operations in the country, adding that the illegal numbers game had already transformed into a “political monster”.
He said jueteng has already grown into a strong political force under the control of governors, mayors and even barangay captains.
“Jueteng now has become a political monster. Formerly it was just unethical activity or illegal… it has acquired a new dimension. Metamorphosis for the worse of the social picture of the country,” he said. (CBCPNews)

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