Malacañang finds 1948 law banning gambling on Rizal Day

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Attention gamblers: Sunday, Rizal Day, is not only a nonworking holiday but also a gambling holiday.

Malacañang has found an old, little-known law that prohibits gambling on Dec. 30, Rizal Day.

Republic Act No. 229 specifically prohibits cockfighting, horse racing and jai alai on Rizal Day.

RA 229 was signed on June 9, 1948, by President Elpidio Quirino, the second President of the Third Philippine Republic (post-World War II).

The Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office (PCDSPO) discovered a copy of the archaic law and uploaded the text to the online Official Gazette (pcdspo.gov.ph). It also posted a link on its Twitter account ahead of Sunday’s Rizal Day rites.

The PCDSPO is headed by Secretary Ricky Carandang, with Undersecretary Manuel “Manolo” Quezon III.

 

Still valid

In separate interviews on Saturday, presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda and deputy presidential spokesperson Abigail Valte confirmed that the law is still valid.

“Yes, it is still in effect. We verified with the National Historical Commission of the Philippines,” Lacierda said in a text message.

And although Sunday is a holiday, penalties still apply.

Cockfighting, horse racing and jai alai aficionados caught betting in these games will be fined P200 or imprisoned for six months or both.

If the offenders are town and chartered city mayors, they will be suspended for six months in addition to the fine.

The law does not explain why it singles out mayors. But neither does it say that higher officials are exempt.

Flags at half-staff

RA 229 also orders the flying of the national flag at half-staff in all public buildings and at half-mast on seagoing vessels on Rizal Day.

So will President Aquino, who leads Sunday’s Rizal Day rites at Luneta Park, raise the flag to just halfway up the pole in front of the Rizal Monument?

That is interesting, because last year, the President, assisted by Cabinet officials, sent the flag all the way to the top. And the flag flew at full-staff anywhere in the country.

The law also mandates the creation of a committee to take charge of the proper celebration of Rizal Day in every municipality and chartered city in the country.

Lotto excluded

Interviewed by Radyo ng Bayan, Valte explained that the “legal forms” of games of chance are prohibited on Rizal Day.

“Surprisingly, there are a lot of people [who] did not know about that particular law,” she said.

Valte said the PCDSPO had produced an “infographic” of RA 229 to remind the public about the law, “especially now that you have an office which is really concerned about giving people a sense of history and making it very hip and very current.”

Asked whether the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s lotto games would be drawn Sunday, Valte said the lotto, a legal game of chance, did not exist at the time of the law’s enactment.

That explains why lotto betting stations sold tickets Saturday for Sunday’s games.

 

Free MRT, LRT rides

And, as in previous years, the government will not collect fares from commuters on the Metro Rail Transit and Light Rail Transit.

 First posted 12:45 am | Sunday, December 30th, 2012

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  • indiosbravos2002

    I dont gamble so fne with me.

  • PhoenixPoliticalParty

    Sa aking hamak na pananaw,  hindi naman magdaramdam si Pepe kung itaas nang todo ang bandila natin sa araw ng pagkamatay niya.  Kaya nga niya tinanggap maging martir ay upang maitaas ang bandilang iyan.

    • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

      symbolic lang yan pag-alala sa kanya. Masyado kang pilosopo kaya wala kang asenso. Study the history of the flag kung itinaas nga ba nya ang bandilang yan tungo sa pagiging martir.

      • PhoenixPoliticalParty

        Maraming salamat at tinuturing mo akong labis na pilosopo.  Isa ko ring pangarap iyan.  Ang maituring na pantas,  kahit hindi naman.  Kasi,  ang pagka alam ko ang vision ng Republic ni Plato ay pinaghaharian ng labis na pilosopo.  Ang ugat ng salitang ito ay “philo” o pagmamahal sa kaalaman “sopho”.  Ngunit alam ko ring hangad mo lamang ang aking kabutihan,  at lihim na nagnanais na ako ay umunlad ang kabuhayan.

        Alam din nating lahat na ang bandila natin ay ginawa at nataas matapos nang mamatay si Pepe,  kaya’t hindi posibleng itinaas niya ito physically.

        Ang tinutukoy ko ay ang bansang sinasagisag ng ating bandila, na kanyang itinaas,  hindi ang bandila mismo.   Ang hirap sa iyo masyado kang literal.

        Sa “Sino ka ba, Jose Rizal”,  isang pasada doon ay:

        “O, kay timyas pumanaw, tamis ng kamatayan
        Upang ikaw’y mabuhay, maitanghal ka lamang…”  Ganda nito, ‘dre! Marahil, kay Gary Granada ito,  kung di man ay kay Nonoy Gallardo.

        Sa sarili kong salin,  ganito naman:

        “O, anong kay ganda nito kung pagmasdan!
        Ang mabuwal nang ikaw’y maibangon naman
        Mamatay nang ikaw’y mabigyan ng buhay
        Sa lilim ng iyong langit mamamatay
        Siping diniwatang lupa mo kaylanman”.

    • niceguy60

      Kaganda ng sinabi mo. Ngunit nabanatan ka pa rin nung sa ibaba nito. :-)

      • PhoenixPoliticalParty

        Maraming salamat, Niceguy60,  at nagandahan ka sa sinabi ko.

        Oo nga.  Binanatan ako ni Ern.  Pero,  salamat din sa kanya.  May concern siya sa pag-asenso ko.  Nawa ay mag dilang anghel siya,  at yumaman talaga ako.

        Maligayang Bagong taon sa iyo, at sa iyong sambahayan.

  • lt53

    i agree that the practice will help people and youth remember true heroes

  • boybakal

    Malacañang finds 1948 law banning gambling on Rizal Day…

    This is good, just dig deeper and you find the gold.
    Also, this is good in a way that we should abolish Congress and Senate.
    We have so many laws that need implementation only.

    Congressmen and Senators are taxpayers waste of money. Their laws are just repetition, redundant.
    Anyway, 1948 Law Banning Gambling on Rizal Day is napapanahon.
    It is the day that we should remember our Hero, Jose Rizal.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/BV6DWTSUHKJGFANJJ5P3WPPTQM Paul

       RIZAL who is also a gambler…..haha

  • LucianoChing

    Swerte talaga ang PNP,mayors,governors and congressmen kasi ung illegal na jueteng ay tuloy pa rin ang bola tuwing Dec.30…nakakatuwa na yung legal na sugal ay napapahinto at ung illegal hindi…Only in the Philippines!!!!!!!
    If it was so simple then(circa 1949) to come out with RA 229,prohibiting legal gambling on Rizal day,can any legislator sponsor a bill to prohibit jueteng, with sanctions to be imposed on mayors/governors too like the provisions on RA 229…I bet nobody will dare sponsor one…and why?Money does not only talk,it shouts…..

  • dodong1

    NAKALIMUTAN IPAGBAWAL ANG JUETENG!!!! LOL

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RHWWEUGUBQFG5ZWG3GTP63AB74 oni

    HAHAHA…MALAMANG…ICECERTIFY NG MALACANANG AS URGENT ANG BILL THAT WILL REPEAL THAT LAW…AND THE EVER BALIMBING AND SHEEPISHLY SUBSERVIENT BELMONTE WILL PRIORITIZE THAT OVER THE DIVORCE BILL

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4WEDVVXOMPOQ3VYGUKOAVVT574 Pedro Mateo

    Ha . ha . Ha . .  Ngayon masusubukan ang batas, maraming schedule na derby ngayon, buong bansa. Ipasara ang lahat na sabungan. . Tingnan natin. . Bakit hindi kasali ang Lotto? ? ? betting yun kaya gambling yun. .  

    • Rogelio Y. Dela Cruz

       wala pang lotto dati, pero sana lahat ng gambling hinto sa Rizal day!

      • Facilitator1

        Korek kabayan. Sana either with or without a law forbidding all forms of gambling ay huminto muna even just for ONE DAY to HONOR/RESPECT ang atin pambansang bayani–Dr Jose P Rizal…

        FYI: Pero baka hindi pinahihinto ang LOTTO kasi si RIZAL din tumaya at nanalo sa LOTTO nuon nasa exile siya sa DAPITAN…

        Pero “wishful thinking” ito dahil marami na ang ADDICT sa sugal…PEACE

    • Facilitator1

      Bakit hindi kasali ang Lotto? Kasi ang LOTTO–most specially, kung malaki na ang JACKPOT (under PCSO) ay ang ‘gatasan’ ng bayan or the proverbial “goose that lays the golden egg”. Maraming yumaman dito at siguro ang karamihan ay may mga UNEXPLAINED WEALTH. At dahil rin nito (either they’re guilty or not) ay nakakulong ngayon waiting for their DAY in COURT.

      BTW: Sa mga sabungan ng buong bansa, palagay ko mapapahiya ang gobyerno to stop ang COCKFIGHTING…parang “jueteng” yan maraming aficionados and supporters (e.g. AFP, PNP, high and low gov’t officials, at mga ordinariong PINOY). At ang pinaka-MATINDING dahilan ay ang sabong kasi ang “NATIONAL PASTIME”…

      At sa mga CASINOS: kung tunay/serious sila (ang gobyerno) sa kanilang salita pwedi nilang ipasara ang mga ito dahil government control. Hindi kasi kasing hirap ng mga tupada o underground gambling dens. Questionable ang POLITICAL WILL ng gobyerno to enforce the LAW at kung gustuhin man nila kulang sila sa MANPOWER and RESOURCES…

      IMHO: This LAW instead of being beneficial to the PUBLIC baka ito pa ang GAMITIN ng mga CORRUPT government officials (either military/PNP or civilians) to augment their income…”sa lagay pa naman”…PEACE…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QSBNZB3TEKHJE5A74STZTTUHC4 ed0408

    Anything that discourages gambling is good for the country. That’s a good time for family bonding.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/MLD4OKCRPD4PLQOEWMYBRELWG4 Cola

    What about the Casinos?

  • noypinga

    To Malacanang,
    Dont’ be stupid! sorry for the word, all game of chance should be ban! legal or illegal during Rizal’s day. Our hero discourages any form of gambling or any form of game of chance, I believe Rizal was inspired by the bible where in God said something like “with your own sweat you will eat”. Kailangan matalino kayo! Wag kayong bobo, matalino bayani natin!

    • ed_nique

      why are you addressing this to malacanang?

      it’s a law, therefore, only congress can amend this law. it not only needs amendments to include those that did not yet exist at that time but also the the penalty thereon. i’m sure gamblers can very well afford the 200 peso fine.

  • boomvilla

    wala ng magawa si abnoy

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OOARJX3G3HKHGF34B6UVMZIIYY markus32

    Many Phil laws should be amended.. 19 kopong kopong pa yung iba at wala ng silbi, hindi gano alam ng tao, at higit sa lahat.. wala naman sumusunod or napaparusahan..
    Kongresman.. kesa magbutas ka ng bangko dyan sa kongreso, aralin mo yung ibang batas na ito, ksama yung flag law.. etc..

  • Palparan

    Di ba sugarol din si Rizal? Adik sya sa lotto di ba?

  • speedstream2

    As far as I know, that law had been in existence all along, but the authorities perhaps just didn’t feel it necessary or important enough to implement the law. Besides, would it really matter if, in a nation that considers gambling as kind of a matter of course, this vice was prohibited for one day in a year’s time? And, yes, to re-echo the query: what about casino gambling?

  • tra6Gpeche

    Relax everyone! It is only for one day. I believe Filipinos can have self discipline and control for 24 hours. Right?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/G2UFL7BAIFFUU6TIW4FFAPTVV4 Ghost

    The title is misleading and aimed to solicit attention. It is very explicit that RA 229 bans only cockfighting, horse-racing and jai-alai, and not gambling in general.

    As to the issue on the flag flying at half mast, well, i guess the chief executive of the land – whose main task is implementing the law – has to make sure that this old but standing law be complied with. The law may seem obsolete, but do we have a choice but to set a good rule-of-law example?

    .

  • virgoyap

    This is an old law that still holds true even to this day. No gambling on Rizal Day please!!

  • louie

    So casinos are also close today? Or are they exempted since the law didnt mention them?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

      casinos ‘did not exist at the time of the law’s enactment’

  • Komen To

    Lotto, casinos, jueteng, cara y Cruz. Buti na lang walang laban si Packman today

  • aldhins

    Bakit ang batas ba ng dyos  diba bawal rin ang sugal? bakit kaya mas mas matimbang ang utos ni ni Rizal ?? kaysa utos ng panginoon.

    • ApoNiLolo

      Hijo, hindi si Rizal ang nag utos nyan.Batas ng gobyerno yan para parangalan ang araw ng pagkamatay ni Rizal. Pinaparangalan din naman ng simbahan ang pagkamatay ni Jesus. Hindi ba’t nag-aayuno ka sa Mahal Na Araw? Hindi ba’t kasama dyan ang hindi pag kain ng karne, pag inom ng alak at sugal? O, ano pa ang gusto mo?

      Si Rizal ay pambansang bayani. Kaya pinaparangalan ng buong bayan. Si Jesus ay para sa Kristyano lang. Huwag mo namang gawing batas ang pag aayuno mo sa Mahal Na Araw dahil hindi naman pananampalataya iyan ng ibang relihiyon sa Pilipinas.

      Maliwanag ba, Utoy? >: D

  • Taiko_Kauna

    hindi naman seguro magpupumiglas si rizal sa kanyang ataol kung itaas o half mast ang bandila. Ang tiyak ayaw niya  ay lapastangin at balewalain ang kanyang mga pinanindigan. Isa dito ang pagnanakaw sa gobyerno at pagkunwari ng mga nanilbihan kuno

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ILZHHPKIVZFLGHECZQK3TBGR6Q Kitz

    double standard of justice. dyan magaling sa pinas… kung bawal ang sugal dapat walang exception…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NYOKKWJDJKP6HLLGJ7TVFKQVPI Rene

       Saan ka ba nakakita ng ABSOLUTE LAW? Wala na sanang mga abogago kung  lahat ng batas ay absolute. Bigyan kita ng example; HOMICIDE. Lahat ba ng homicide iisa lang ang parusa?

    • ed_nique

      if you’re referring to the fact that only cockfighting and horse racing (there’s no more jai-alai) are to be banned on rizal day, the reason is because these were specifically mentioned in the law. lotto and the casinos were not yet around in 1949.

  • Nino Quezon

    very nice – free lrt anf mrt ride on rizal day. how about citizens outside metro manila, what benefits do we get as part on our national hero’s day? we’re still part of the philippine republic, are we? in fact we help subsidize mrt operations. suggestion: if we are to give something out from government make sure it benefits citizens outside manila as well.

    • ever green

      free air lang tayo sa probinsya……

  • Menyet

    Natatandaan ko na iyang batas na iyan ng ako eh bata pa. Walang sabong pag araw ni Rizal. Narinig ko na iyan ng ako ay bata sa mag matatanda noon. By the way i am 56 years old now

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ICYWMBS3YFLGCUKMKSNHBLP36E Entropia

     I agree with Nino Quezon. There should be corresponding priveledges to those living outside Metro Manila. Taxes that we pay contribute to the subsidy for these fares. If it would be too much expense for the govt, then scrap it all together para naman fair to everybody.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/FFSZ7TIZZG47FYQFAZFIGYXKPM Pers

    swertres is rampant in mindanao.

    • ever green

      what’s swertres??? parang jueteng ba???? first time I heard of it….

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/4WEDVVXOMPOQ3VYGUKOAVVT574 Pedro Mateo

        Swertres in VisMin is based on Lotto suertres game however the player will bet on illegal outlet which had its own financer, which had a coordinator, to gather the tally sheets from the controller, who will control all the stubs that the players bet on the ushers. It’s like the suertres game that will be played in 11 am (midday), 4 pm (afternoon) and 9 pm (evening). The winning amount will depend on the placed of betting, some is 4,500 pesos, other areas are 4,000 and some are lower depending on the cost of operation. The financer will be the one to give to LGU officials and the PNP from RD, PD and MCOP the grase money for protection. It’s a big business, in every draw, the average amount will reach to 100 thousand depending on the size of the municipality. 

      • ed_nique

        but you”ve heard of “masiao”?

        this was a numbers game based on jai-alai jackpot when it was still being played. a bettor will pick 3 numbers from 1 to 10. the lowest bet is 25 centavos, which would pay you 400 pesos dividend (minus the commission for the financier and the usher/bet collector). funny thing is, even after jai-alai was abolished, masiao was still going on and the financiers claimed that it was based on “practice” games being held at the Taft or Cebu frontons (there were only 2 frontons or playing courts in the philippines). and the most incredible thing that was going on was that there would be different winning combinations, depending on where the financier was basing his results!!!!

        BTW, one of the advisers/close associate of manny pacquiao is the acknowledged masiao king in the visayas. aside from being a masiao financier he published tip-sheets which not only announced the winning combination the previous draw but also “tips” on the probable winning numbers for the day’s draw. if you notice, i mentioned tip-sheets because there were more than 1, and presented a different tip each. mind you, these sheets were SOLD. where he got his winning combinations, only he knew, and for sure it wasn’t the most heavily betted combination.

        now, the financiers are basing their winning combinations on the 3 digit draw of PCSO and they are also collecting bets for 3 draws per draw day!

        imagine how much money goes into this illegal numbers game since many financiers still collect bets as low as 25 centavos.

  • Leo Capurictan

    Attention gamblers: Sunday, Rizal Day, is not only a nonworking holiday but also a gambling holiday.

    Do they not proof read their articles online. is it a gambling holiday or non-gambling holiday

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/EDUH7A744QYTM4DOOCM3AC5CVQ Robert Martin

      the article is correct. it’s like the pork holiday being staged by hog raisers when they protest something.

      • ed_nique

        in that case, should it also then be a “work holiday”, to take off from work rather than “non-working holiday”, which to refrain from not-working? LOL, just having fun man

        but what i fear is that the non-working holiday would mean that the holiday is not working/not effective because the people are not learning from the purpose of the holiday. as it is, rizal day along with Christmas and New Year’s day comprise the long stretch of days wherein the people take time off without really contemplating it’s significance.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DKHID3EEHTG27U5JXRIIUVKXQA Jose Rizal

    Rizal Day is Anti-Noynoying Day…

  • Mattino2011

    How many more RA’s are there that are not discovered? Who’s responsibility is it to review existing laws that have neither been repealed or enforced..Much more, if they are in conflict with law enacted by various congresses till the present.

  • yumahuman

    Well, finally, at least one major law will be implemented (*sarcasm*). Is this the beginning of a new era of our nation of “enforced” laws?

    What happened to other laws that penalize jaywalkers or smoking on public places for example?

  • im_earth

    sana masulat ang batas sa computer para mabilis ma search and review!

  • yumahuman

    In 2074, the government will discover several laws that prohibit election fraud and that corruption is illegal.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DKHID3EEHTG27U5JXRIIUVKXQA Jose Rizal

    Rizal Day is anti-dynasty and anti-oligarchy….it just so happened that he was born during the Spanish era.
    Hahahahahahaha!

  • Your_King

    The opening sentence was missing something very important. It should have read “Attention gamblers (not part of Aqunio’s KKK).” Because we all know that Aquino’s KKK don’t have to follow the rules and the law.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_DKHID3EEHTG27U5JXRIIUVKXQA Jose Rizal

      Yes.  KKK’s are always insulated….
      Hahahahaha!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    BASTA AKO MARCOS PARIN AKO PROUD TO BE PILIPINO BAKA KUNG BUHAY PA SI MACOY SINGAPORE NA TAYO NGAYON MAY DEATH PENALTY!! KAYA DISIPLINADO!!

    • hustlergalore

      NYAK! nung palubog na si marcos. lubog na lubog na ang pilipinas noon. from 2pesoses (nang umupo siya) to 20 pesoses (nang umalis siya). LOL

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYX4ZTAV4BUGW2RIMT45CPYBGA Pio Gante

    so ms. valte, if pcdspo is really that concerned, then the nhi would be very much willing to absorb them in their fold.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WIWYLFLU4LPKS7B2ZLLRVFKS3Y vir_a

    The problem is the will to implement that law. I believe that day 3-draw of Swertres should be totally stopped by PCSO. Instead of helping the poor, it impoverish them. They the ones being milked by PCSO when it should be the middle or upper class who actually are not betting. 

  • boybakal

    Malacañang finds 1948 law banning gambling on Rizal Day….

    This is good news, banning gambling.
    But how could you ban a banned gambling like jueteng.
    For sure, jueteng will be in operation as there will be no other form of gambling except Jueteng.

    On the other hand, can we have another hero to celebrate other than Jose Rizal.
    Rizal is not a pure Pilipino…his surname is Rizal and we don’t have Z in our alphabet or ABAKADA.
    LAPU LAPU would be pure Pilipino National Hero….I would suggest.

    • buttones

      I would go with Lapu Lapu, ok he may have been a Moro, and certainly he was never born a ’Pilipino’ but to me he did encompass the spirit of many of us who even now live with the brand on us of some Spanish king, and his religion as well…..

  • Pluma Mana

    siguro di lang yan ang batas na nabaon na sa limot at di na naipatutupad.

  • disqusted0fu

    After 3 years, the Aquino’s administration just found out this old law which until now is still valid and should have been implemented since then. This is just an example that the Philippines have a lot of laws that the government is being ignorant about, if not, are redundant. Why is this law going to be put into practice just at this time after 3 years of his presidency? Does this mean that the Aquino’s administration is just too slow for progress?

    • buttones

      You may find out, and it is true also, that NEVER did any cases come before the Courts of this nation regarding gambling, chicken fighting and all the rest on Rizal Day EVER, it’s a load of tripe…..

  • Irish Fenequito

    Can I still avail a copy even if it was yesterday’s issue? If yes, where can I avail? Please reply. 

  • lostRunes

    Tapos puwede ang lotto?

    sino linoloko niyo? Popular or not, lotto is still gambling. Either criminalize ALL forms of gambling or make it legal.
    Hindi yung kung ano anong law hinahanap niyong law against gambling tapos pinagyayabang na magkakaroon ng casino boom.BOOM! mga hipokrito talaga nasa Malacanang.

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