Archbishop Martin Jumoad of Ozamiz has expressed dismay over the government’s decision to allow off-shore gambling operations while prohibiting the public celebration of Holy Masses.
“I challenged the government leaders to change their position because that will lead our countrymen to the brink of death,” said Archbishop Jumoad.
The prelate said the government should allow the Church to resume its sacramental services that help the formation of the youth and bring the public closer to God.
“Why allow [Philippine Off-Shore Gaming Operators]?” he asked.
“From Philippines, the only Christian nation in the Far East, into the Philippines, the gambling capital in the Far East,” added the archbishop.
The Philippine government has earlier announced that it will allow the operations of off-shore gaming once the “enhanced community quarantine” is lifted in Manila.
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation revealed that the country lost about US$11.8 million per month since online gambling operations stopped in March due to the pandemic.
“God first in everything, that must be the priority of our government leaders for the youth and the people to be pro-God,” said Archbishop Jumoad.