Gambling during wakes okay but…

first_imgILOILO City – Gambling during wakes isallowed but there should not be too many gambling tables, according to PoliceGeneral Archie Francisco Gamboa, director of the Philippine National Police(PNP). The most popular games in wakes –which runs for days if not weeks until the burial – are mahjong and card gamesof various kinds. Gambling as a pastime in wakes is aFilipino tradition. It keeps people around and awake at the vigil. Photo courtesy of Flickr Gamboa said there are no official PNPguidelines yet on gambling during wakes but he stressed there should be a fewtables only, such as one for mahjong and one for tong-its. There was no gambling at Espanto’swake. The police may make arrests ifgambling during wakes has become unbridled, he said. “Angproblema kasi nag-e-extend ng maraming tables,” said Gamboa,lamenting that such is already going beyond the spirit of why authorities aretolerant of gambling during wakes. In fact, he said, in the NationalCapital Region, the regional police office under Police Major General DeboldSinas banned all types of gambling in wakes although this earned the ire ofresidents. He issued the statement during a visitto the wake of Police Captain Efren Espanto Jr. – who was killed in anencounter with rebels in Janiuay, Iloilo on Feb. 12 – at the Police RegionalOffice 6 in Camp Delgado here on Saturday. Some sort of “tax” – the so-called“tong” – from these games is given to the family of the dead person to helpdefray burial expenses./PNlast_img