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Ban video games in Philippines

MANILA, Philippines -- President Ferdinand E. Marcos banned video game machines Thursday because of complaints from parents and teachers the games were creating 'havoc' with the morality of the nation's youth.

Marcos ordered police to strictly enforce the provisions of a presidential decree prohibiting the video games as well as pinball machines, slot machines and other similar devices.

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Violators face a fine of $600 or six months to 12 years in jail.

The Chamber of Filipino Retailers, the Village Ladies Brigade and the Association of Filipino Women asked Marcos to ban the video games, saying the machines were 'wreaking havoc on the morals and discipline of our youth.'

Video games, located in 'fun centers' near schools and in shopping centers, have recently become a craze among Filipino youths.

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