“It is not just a way of keepingmourners around. It also generates funds for burial expenses,” he stressed. He agreed with the position of Police GeneralArchie Francisco Gamboa, director of the Philippine National Police (PNP), thatgambling during wakes should be tolerated but that there must not be too manygambling tables. “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./PN “In our country, gambling during wakesis not just a pastime but a tradition,” he added. ILOILO City – The SangguniangPanlungsod is against illegal gambling but gambling during wakes should beallowed, according to Councilor Carlos “Jojo” Javellana, chairperson of theCommittee on Police Matters, Public Safety, Order, and Security. The most popular games in wakes – which runs for days if not weeksuntil the burial – are mahjong and card games of various kinds. Javellana said gambling during wakesis a means for poor families to help defray funeral expenses. Duringa recent visit to the wake of Police Captain Efren Espanto Jr. – who was killedin an encounter with rebels in Janiuay, Iloilo on Feb. 12 – at the PoliceRegional Office 6 in Camp Delgado here, Gamboa said there were no official PNPguidelines yet on gambling during wakes but stressed there should be a few tablesonly, such as one for mahjong and one for tong-its. According to Javellana, gamblingduring wakes should not be prohibited for as long as this is exercised inmoderation. Thepolice may make arrests if gambling during wakes has become unbridled, he said.
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