MANILA, Philippines – The Kaya Natin Movement for Good Governance and Ethical Leadership has issued a challenge to new Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Alan Purisima to put an end to “jueteng” and other illegal gambling operations in the country by January 31, 2013.
“We believe that there can never be fair and honest elections as long as jueteng and illegal gambling operations continue to persist in our country,” the civil society group said in a statement released Tuesday.
Kaya Natin alleged that jueteng funds are also used in vote-buying.
“Funds that are culled from jueteng and illegal gambling operations are used by our corrupt politicians in connivance with some officers from the Philippine National Police (PNP) to buy votes and hire henchmen to intimidate and harass voters,” the group said.
“We strongly reiterate that as long as these jueteng and illegal gambling operations continue, the goal of President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino III in appointing Purisma to help pave the way for a clean, fair and honest 2013 elections can never be realized,” they added.
Purisima was formally installed as new PNP chief on Tuesday, replacing Director General Nicanor Bartolome.
He was appointed ahead of Bartolome’s retirement in 2013 to focus on the mid-term elections next year.
Kaya Natin believes illegal gambling can be stopped with strong political will, citing former PNP Chief and now Senator Ping Lacson’s campaign to stop jueteng.
The group ended with the saying, "Kung gusto maraming paraan, pero kung ayaw maraming dahilan."