Petitioners strongly opose the setting up of the online betting system on the basis of serious moral and ethical consideration. They submitted that the contract of lease violated Section 1 of RA 1169, as amended by BP Blg. 42.
Whether or not petitioners have locus standi.
YES. The Court finds the instant petition to be of transcendental importance to the public. The issue it raised is of paramount public interest and of a category even higher than those involved in many cases. The ramification of such issues immeasurably affect the social, economic, and moral well-being of the people.