Filipinos get tough on Internet gambling
By maddy
After Thailand’s crack down on Internet gambling earlier this week, Philippines is now taking cue. The Manila city government has warned so-called gambling establishments operating near schools of closure for violation of restrictions that have corrupted students.

The city has ordered the city business promotions and development office headed by Rino Tolentino to ensure that any form of gambling establishments should be kept at a minimum distance of 200 meters from any educational institution. He also issued the directive in support of the crackdown against gambling and gaming establishments around schools ordered by President Arroyo.

‘As a matter of policy, we have also ordered that video game outlets and personal computer and Internet cafés should be situated at a minimum distance of 100 meters from any school or institution of learning,’ said Manila’s Mayor Lito Atienza.

Atienza stressed that parents of the students, susceptible to gambling addictions through electronic devices such as video games and computers, are working hard to provide their kids a good education and it would be sad if their sacrifices would be for naught if they could not protect the students from vices such as gambling.

‘While computers and Internet cafés are not bad per se since many students go online to do research [instead] some students use the Internet for gambling. The Internet is a useful tool for school research but we have to protect the welfare of students, especially minors, who may be using it for wrong purposes,’ he says.

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