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[LETTER OF INSTRUCTIONS NO. 816, (1979-02-20)](http://lawyerly.ph/laws/view/l3571)
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[ LETTER OF INSTRUCTIONS NO. 816, February 20, 1979 ]

TO:
The Minister of National Defense
   
  The Minister of Local Government and
    Community Development
   
  The Chief of Staff
Armed Forces of the Philippines
   
  The Chief of Constabulary
Director-General, HIP
   
  The Chairman
Task Force Anti-Gambling
   
SUBJECT: TO EXCLUDE CERTAIN PROHIBITED GAMES UNDER PRESIDENTIAL DECREE NO. 1602.

WHEREAS, it is the intent of Presidential Decree No. 1602 to discourage and prohibit gambling not regulated or sanctioned under existing laws;

WHEREAS, there is need to exclude therefrom certain games like domino, bingo, poker when not played with five cards stud, cuajo, pangguingue and mahjong when exclusively intended for parlor games or for home entertainment;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, FERDINAND E. MARCOS, President of the Philippines,   do hereby order that the games of domino, bingo, poker when not played with five cards stud, cuajo, pangguinge and mahjong, provided that they are played as parlor games or for home  entertainment;   and provided further, that they are not played in places habitually used for gambling and the betting is not disguised to defect the intent of Presidential Decree No. 1602, are hereby exempted.

DONE in the City of Manila, this 20th day of February, in the year of  Our Lord, nineteen hundred and seventy-nine.

     
(Sgd.) FERDINAND E. MARCOS
     
President
     
Republic of the Philippines
       
       
  By the President:    
       
    (Sgd.) JACOBO C. CLAVE    
    Presidential Executive Assistant    

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