Quezon shootout shows gov’t not keen on crushing jueteng—retired archbishop


Retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—The shootout in Atimonan, Quezon, that left 13 persons dead showed that suppressing the illegal numbers game jueteng has not been a priority of the Aquino administration, retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz said Tuesday.

“Jueteng is not a priority of the administration. I thought it was supposed to be anti-corruption but the corruption due to jueteng is rampant and it is not being eradicated,” said Cruz, who heads the anti-jueteng group Krusada ng Bayan Laban sa Jueteng.

He said some of the names of the victims were known to his group but “we don’t really count them that much because they are not in the (top) level.”

He said that to stop jueteng in a locality, the police and local government officials should agree to root it out.

“If the PNP and the local public officials are agreed to have jueteng in their place for their respective portions of the jueteng income, there will be jueteng everywhere. But if they don’t agree, there is not going to be jueteng in that place,” Cruz said.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/ERCCN5ANNNF7BEBFMYXR6ALGRU Dan

    bumuka na aman ang bibig nitong retired bishop cruz, where were you when GMA was president?

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

      bunganga not bibig….

    • Observer_din

      alam naman ni archbishop(ret) na pati mga pari tumatanggap ng galing sa jueteng,sya me sabi dati non eh.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ZWTTKJTI57YO7TZBJC66GA2OLU dennis

    My concern is not only Jueteng but converting all our “Sabungan” into a Sports Complex for the young generation.Something like Multi-Purpose Hall.Yun bang lugar na pwedeng takbuhan ng taong bayan kapag nagkaroon ng natural disaster.

  • Your_King

    Duh! Obviously ‘jueteng’ is not a priority of Aquino and his Admin. After this incident he’ll pretend that ‘jueteng’ will be priority in his speeches but it isn’t and wasn’t. His only priority is attacking Gloria and attacking all his political foes.

    • jurbinsky77


    • Observer_din

      tama lang na si Gloria priority niya, basta maipakulong lang si Gloria parang tumama na rin sa jueteng ang taong bayan… hehehe

  • $3438025

    Yung mga di naniniwala kay Bishop Cruz ay tunay na “anak ng jueteng”. “Anak ng Jueteng” dahil they support jueteng o talaga silang “anak ng jueteng”.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_VPSXDLCQEZGZDJSX32G7PYHNCI Noel

    Yes, if Pnoy is indeed serious in going after jueteng lords, he could easily start with Pampanga’s Bong Pineda who’s wife is the current Governor.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    you are retired so please just rest in peace huwag ka na makialam sa politics …….

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JILSJHAFYPYBMGIXSJNNW64AOU Nouie Bernard

    If Oscar Cruz is serious and knows so much about jueteng, why don’t he try to help by talking to the authorities instead of media..or he’s jst a big mouth?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NYKIOQEDTUD4FPPPVHP6XMFNEA Raul

    Naku Bishop tumahimik ka nalng at mag dasal. nakaka irita ka na ah. I respect you,but then you keep mumbling and murmuring.

  • $3438025

    What the bishop will get in return by putting himself in the line of fire?
    Puttiing his life in danger? There is something within him that says “Jueteng is not right”.

  • tgomeziii

    Hey, Oscar….Shaddup already!!! ……and editors of PDI,    why do you even waste space accomodating this impertinent charlatan?

  • ManongOsang

    Hoy Oscar….. Tumigil Tigil ka !!! 

    Jueteng has been in operation for OVER 100 YEARS !!

    NO Philippine Prez has EVER EVER COME CLOSE to EVER Eradicating Jueteng!!!!

    You Make it sound so EASY, Na isang Pitik ng daliri ni PNOY ay Mawawala na parang Bula ang Jueteng . TARANTADO !!!!

    If Jueteng could be EASILY Stopped, then DON’T YOU THINK ALL these Past Presidents from Quezon, Garcia, Magsaysay to Macapagal, Marcos, Cory, Ramos, Erap, Gloria would have EASILY Stopped Jueteng !

    Kung Galit ka kay PNOY dahil sa AYAW mo na magsuot ng Condom na Libre galing sa RH Bill…… then Huwag ka Mag Condom !!!

    But TUMIGIL ka na dahil may DEMENTIA ka na Oscar!!!

  • ryan andres

    Next headline should read:


  • jurbinsky77

    When did the priest or this bishop speak in the pulpit about the evil of betting in jueteng?

  • superpilipinas


    Maraming talagang galit na Corrupt na Anak ng Jueteng kay Bishop.


  • superpilipinas

    He-he-he. May blessing ang mga Jueteng lords kay PNoy.

    Sabi ni PNoy, erradicating Jueteng will not be priority of his administration.

  • dikoy321

    Retired Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Oscar Cruz is ABSOLUTELY CORRECT !

    If NOT for the Catholic Church, there will be less Jueteng !

    Less MARGINALIZED kids, less NEGLECTED children, less CRIME when these MARGINALIZED & NEGLECTED children grow up, bringing less JUETENG perpetrators and activities !

    I thought that the Catholic Church is there to uplift society’s MORALs and the nation’s SPIRIT !

    What we see is a Catholic Church DIPPING its fingers in PAJEROs as well as in CASH from GMA !

    When will the Catholic Church DO ITS JOB PROPERLY AND CORRECTLY ?

    Tanong lang po !

    Forward Philippines !!!

  • farmerpo

    Reporter: Is it true that jueteng contribution to the church is substantial?
    Cardinal: I don’t care where the contribution comes from as long as the contribution will help my people.  (Bishop: Maski Pajero lang sir, puede na.)

  • disqusted0fu

    The most apparent priorities of the Aquino administration are attacking their political foes, constantly building their image, and making sure that the kkks get positions in the government. That’s all.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/GTVNMZR22PGMS55WQPIJTYB4IY Jaime

    They are not keen on anything.  Poor victims, please do them justice.

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