If one follows Senator Miriam Santiago, “DILG+PNP = Jueteng” is an important formula. Here is a snippet of her privilege speech, which she gave before the Philippine Senate on 22 September 2010.
The equation DILG + PNP = Jueteng means that illegal jueteng consists of a conspiracy between the interior secretary and the police chief. They are the prime beneficiaries and ultimate protectors of jueteng. If we as a people do not rouse ourselves from our stupor, someday the Philippine president will be elected on the basis of who gets the biggest jueteng contribution.
What about the president? He or she can be manipulated to profess ignorance, because the two lords of the gambling industry will insidiously make the president dependent on their support. For example, they can act as the praetorian guard of the president when he is under siege, such as when a coup d’etat lurks on the horizon, and the PNP has to head off the nascent uprising. Or in times of political crisis, the two racketeers will contribute cash in the hundreds of millions, solicited from jueteng operators, and destined for distribution to certain members of Congress, so that they will not doublecross the president when a certain legislative deal goes sour. In effect, the president will be hostage to jueteng money.
This is the reason why the PNP rank and file always profess to love the interior secretary. He makes it possible for the lowly policemen to – ehem – augment their salaries. This is also the reason why, when the opportunity arises, the interior secretary makes sure that his own candidate gets appointed as PNP chief. In a corrupt situation, all that is necessary is for the interior secretary and the PNP chief to gaze into each other’s eyes, and they fall in love instantly. If you look more closely, you will see that there are peso signs in their eyes, as they gaze lovingly at each other in an orgy of mutual admiration and mutual corruption.
Hat tip to sparks for the heads up.