Bzzzzz: Ban on gamblers at the casinos

ADDICTION to gambling appears to be the strongest evidence that Jesse Javier Carlos, 42, a dismissed finance department employee, was not an ISIS terrorist when he set fire to the Resorts World Manila casino in Pasay City. That should demolish the claim of ISIS owning responsibility for the rampage that killed 38 people including Carlos.

News stories cite his pathological or compulsive gambling in casinos and, before that, in cockpits. An item about his having been banned by Pagcor from the casinos raised questions about how effective is the ban.

Pagcor has two modes for banning a player: by self-exclusion, when the gambler himself asks for the restriction; and by family member,when his spouse, parent or child (at least 18 years old) will apply. His parents reportedly secured the ban on their son.

‘Shoot in head, heart’

The instruction of President Duterte to soldiers is shoot to kill, but with specific body parts as targets: the head and the heart.

No prisoners, there would be the problem of what to do with them alive, Duterte said during his visit to Mactan Sunday.

He didn’t talk about killing drug traffickers while they’re at it.

Dino and Sitoy

Presidential Asst. for Visayas Michael Dino holds the rank of undersecretary. Presidential Legislative Liaison Office chief Adelino Sitoy has the rank of secretary with two deputies, one for each house of Congress. They are both listed as “Cabinet rank officials”: Sitoy is in the first list while Dino is in the “others” list. Both are Cebuanos.


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