Find out why Duterte rejected Atong Ang ‘s bid to expand jai-alai operations in Davao City
Davao City is one of the few areas in Mindanao where self-confessed jueteng lord Atong Ang’s jai-alai operations have not made any foothold.
“When I became mayor, noong panahon ni Estrada, Atong Ang went to Davao, si Atong. Nakiusap siya na magtayo ng jai alai, sabi ko, ‘Tong, magkaibigan tayo, huwag mo na lang pilitin mag-aaway lang tayo,” said Duterte in a speech in Ilocos Norte Sunday.
Duterte explained that his bad experience with jai-alai during his San Beda law school days left a deep aversion to gambling. He said he saw first hand how his dorm buddy, Labor Secretary Bebot Bello, would use up all his allowance by going all in in jai-alai games in the late 1960s early 1970s.
“Kami ni Bebot sa dormitoryo noon ‘pag wala ng allowance kay naubos na sa jai alai ‘yang putang inag ‘yan. Kaya hindi talaga ako pumayag. And it’s because of the experience sa — during student days when Bello started to squander his allowance doon sa jai alai. And he was eating bread and water for the next 28 days of the month,” said Duterte.
“Kaya ayoko ‘yang sugal. Totoo lang. I don’t mind maybe ‘yung sa labas na — but they have to pay the taxes. Making the Philippines as a base to attract companies outside, okay ako diyan. But not for local market. Ayaw ko. Wala tayong maabutan diyan sa sugal na mabuti. Maubos pera mo diyan. Mabuti pa kung babae lang basta you stick to your wife, you will survive,” he added.