Everyday Corruption in our Society

This page started as a continuing article.  However, I deem it necessary to create a separate page altogether because of the number of possible entries that I will add in this.  So here it goes (latest observation goes on top)...

I am getting tired of the pork scam that I am praying that a coup de etat will actually be launched.  Well, I do not know how the coup will play out but I believe that our society is almost beyond redemption by normal means.  At this point, I believe that a coup will only be for the better if the current pit-bottom situation we are in is taken into consideration.  The article of Conrado de Quiros today is another argument that the Aquino administration is not the one that will lift us out of this rut.

Taking undue advantage is not only confined to the government/public sector but also happens (in fact a lot) in the private sector.  This will be a continuing article where I will write the examples of brazen corruption and taking of undue advantage that I observe.  In the long run, I will then sort and group these activities by catgegory.  Many will say that most of these things are petty as compared to the shenanigans that people in power do but let me reiterate my position that trivial and crucial, just like big and small, are just a matter of perspectives.  Click here to read my complete arguments about this matter.

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Update on July 8, 2014

6.  Here are additional pictures of casino slot machines inside malls:



The top one is exactly the same as the slot machines of PAGCOR while the bottom one is similar to the highly despised video karera machines.  Why is it that nobody is raising a fuss about these in the malls but when these machines are deployed in the squatters areas, tabloids, barangay officials, and what have you's are immediately in on the action?

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Update on July 2, 2014

5.  Here are new pictures of illegal gambling right inside our malls.  In these pictures, you can see casino-type slot machines.  And this is in the heart of SM!  Grabe!








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4.  Here are new pictures of blatant illegal gambling that happens right in front of us.  I took these on June 2014 in a mall.  I hope the authorities particularly the PAGCOR and the PNP does something about this.  I blurred the picture where there are children gambling for legal reasons.



Each token costs P5.  Peanuts?  Read on...
 




 Guess what these girls are so engrossed about?
 

Indiana Jones, which is actually a variation of the pinball machine where you pull a lever that launches a ball and hope that the ball falls to the correct slots where you placed your BETs.  It can be clearly seen in the labels that a player can win up to 900 tokens in this machine.  At P5 each, that is a cool P4,500.  If that is not gambling, then I do not know what it is.  I observed the girl above lose almost P300 pesos in a short time playing the game.




Here is the very sad part.  These toddlers were even assisted by their mother (which I half cropped from the picture) in playing against this machine that dispenses candies if you get lucky.  These children did not win anything even after their mother dropped 5 tokens.

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3.  Here is one picture that says it all:



Common sight sa casino di ba?  But this is no casino but the World of Fun in virtually every SM and Robinsons mall branch.  I would have taken a picture with the little children playing in these slot machines but I decided against it.  I know that parents are feeling the same way but most are probably at a loss at the brazenness of these businessmen.  Here is the law:

PD 1602 says:

Section 1. Penalties. The following penalties are hereby imposed:


(a) The penalty of prison correccional in its medium period of a fine ranging from one thousand to six thousand pesos, and in case of recidivism, the penalty of prision mayor in its medium period or a fine ranging from five thousand to ten thousand pesos shall be imposed upon:

1. Any person other than those referred to in the succeeding sub-sections who in any manner, shall directly or indirectly take part in any illegal or unauthorized activities or games of cockfighting, jueteng, jai alai or horse racing to include bookie operations and game fixing, numbers, bingo and other forms of lotteries; cara y cruz, pompiang and the like; 7-11 and any game using dice; black jack, lucky nine, poker and its derivatives, monte, baccarat, cuajao, pangguingue and other card games; paik que, high and low, mahjong, domino and other games using plastic tiles and the likes; slot machines, roulette, pinball and other mechanical contraptions and devices; dog racing, boat racing, car racing and other forms of races, basketball, boxing, volleyball, bowling, pingpong and other forms of individual or team contests to include game fixing, point shaving and other machinations; banking or percentage game, or any other game scheme, whether upon chance or skill, wherein wagers consisting of money, articles of value or representative of value are at stake or made;

If these machines are not illegal, I do not know what it is.

Is PAGCOR on the payola of the World of Fun?

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2.  This morning I saw over ABS-CBN the warning of LTFRB for parents against using colorum school buses for their children.  This is another foul practice in our midst na harap harapan e natotolerate.  But more than anything else:  why would a businessman conduct such practice na alam naman nila na pag naaksidente ang bus nila at wala silang passenger insurance, kawawa naman ang mabibiktimang mga bata.

Talk about dirty businessmen!

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1.  Riding the bus or jeepney, you can see the taking advantage of the common tao (the drivers and conductors) of their fellow common tao (the passengers).  For how can you fit 10 people in a long bench less than 10 feet long?  Or how can you fit three people in a seat less than 3 feet wide?  Answer:  Upong piso lang.  E bakit upong piso e kumpleto naman ang bayad ko na P8.50?  This has been going on since time immemorial and has anybody from those people shouting in the streets for human rights ever rose up to take the cudgels of the common tao na araw araw ay napipitpit despite paying the correct fare?  No!  Why?  Because many of the violators are these people shouting in the streets themselves, conducting strikes, and noisy protests, and all the shenanigans of trip cutting, not giving the correct change, out of line, and other foul practices!

Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

2 comments:

  1. spo1 alih paloma cidg iloilo ang kilalang protektor ni melvin odicta alias melvin dragon. hayag na po ito sa iloilo. lahat opisyal at tauhan ng cidg iloilo sinasamba si paloma. palagi bago ang suv. magtanong po kayo sa iloilo at sabihin nila sino si paloma

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    1. is there a possibility that you can take a picture of the suv of spo1 alih paloma? this is a good tip to start with. salamat po!

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