Edited by: John Nery
Written by: Carlos Conde â€¢ Emmaruth Gabriel â€¢ Iris Cecilia Gonzales â€¢ Tiffany Tan
â€¢ Miriam Grace Go â€¢ Bernadette Sembrano â€¢ Jose Torres, Jr.
Photo Essay by: Jim Guiao Punzalan
(From the Claret Publications website)
THIS IS THE WORLD we live in.
In â€œBetter than (Dirty) Ice Cream,â€ Iris Gonzales of BusinessWorld tracks the life of an ice cream vendor and compulsive gambler, from a room in a shanty in Quezon City to the grassy lot of a tupada in Novaliches.
â€œHigh Rollers and Lows,â€ by Emma Gabriel of Entrepreneur Philippines, crosses the socio-economic divide in its portrait of a once-wealthy man who lost his wayâ€”and millions of pesosâ€”in a casino.
ABS-CBNâ€™s Jose Torres Jr., in â€œThe Ultimate Gambler,â€ sizes up the man whose biggest gamble called the bluff of a President: ex-governor, ex-Estrada crony Chavit Singson.
In â€œThe Vaudeville Show,â€ Tiffany Tan of GMA-7 attempts to make sense of the many puzzles of police performance in the countryâ€™s on-again, off-again campaign against jueteng.
â€œMasiao Island,â€ by Carlos Conde of the New York Times, describes the rise and fall of the illegal numbers game popular in Mindanao and the Visayas.
In â€œDeeper,â€ Newsbreakâ€™s Miriam Grace Go examines the fascinating relationship between jueteng and that other popular game of chance, the political election.
In â€œGoing Legal,â€ Go explores the once-discredited idea of legalizing jueteng, offering the illegal drugs problem as both a contrast and an argument.
Finally, in â€œShades of Gray,â€ Bernadette Sembrano of The Probe Team tries to pin down the position of the Catholic Church on gambling and the use of gambling proceeds for charitable purposes.
â€œOne Town,â€ a photo essay by the Philippine Daily Inquirerâ€™s Jim Guiao Punzalan, complements the narratives with its take on jueteng as a way of life in one ordinary Pampanga town.
Unholy Nation: Stories from a Gambling Republic is produced by the same editorial and publishing team behind Into the Mountain: Hostaged by the Abu Sayyaf, which won the National Book Award for Journalism in 2002.