Cam recommends transfer of STL operations to Pagcor

Maris Federez   •   August 26, 2019   •   1607

PCSO board member Sandra Cam

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board member Sandra Cam believes that corruption in the Small Town Lottery (STL) in the country has not stopped despite President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to lift the suspension of its operation under certain conditions.

“It’s just like a legalized jueteng,” Cam said.  

This prompted the official to recommend the transfer of the operation of STL to the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor).

She added that it is still safe to just have the lotto operation remain under the PCSO to help rid the agency of corruption.

 “Ibigay na lang sa PAGCOR because gambling naman talaga ang PAGCOR and STL is a gambling [Give the STL to Pagcor because it is really gambling],” Cam added.

Cam also said that she is ready to name the high-ranking officials who are also members of the PCSO board of directors who are involved in corruption in the agency on Tuesday’s scheduled Congressional hearing.

Cam insists that some former officials of the PCSO were also involved in the corruption in the STL operation.

She added that several generals were given permits to operate STL even if they did not pay cash bonds to PCSO.

“I’m not against the military. I’m not against the PNP. I have a lot of friends there. But I don’t like the way the mistahs of General Corpuz and General Balutan na parang ginawa nila, ang PCSO is a private company [who seemed to have made PCSO a private company],” Cam said.

Meanwhile, Cam said that she is also ready to undergo the lifestyle check that the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) will conduct to all PCSO board members brought about by the corruption allegations.

“Ang masasabi ko doon sa mga critics ko [All I can say to my critics is] that I have a 500 million (worth) resort, you can go — I will invite you for free. You check out my place, it’s just a kubo [nipa hut]. Ang aming mga houses doon, cottages are made of kubo [Our houses, cottages there are made of nipa hut],” she added.

Cam further said that she is willing to resign if the corruption issues inside the PCSO will not be resolved within three to four months. (from the report of Harlene Delgado) /mbmf

Sandra Cam under hospital arrest after surrendering to authorities

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 29, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office board member Sandra Cam is currently under hospital arrest after surrendering to authorities on Wednesday night, April 28.

PNP Chief, Police General Debold M. Sinas  in a statement said, warrants of arrest were served against Cam in an undisclosed hospital where she is presently admitted following her surrender to the Cavite Provincial Field Unit of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

Cam, along with her son Marco Martin Cam and five others, is charged with murder for her alleged involvement in the killing of Batuan, Masbate Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III in October 2019.

CIDG 4A Chief P.Col. Lito Patay said the arrest warrant for Cam was issued on Monday, April 26, by the Manila Regional Trial Court Branch 42.

“Sumuko iyon dahil may feeler na pumunta. May warrant kasi siya kaya sumuko. Pero nandoon sa ospital na namin natagpuan kasi daw may sakit,” he said. Patay added that, Cam is scheduled for a spinal operation on Monday, May 3. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)


Court orders arrest of Sandra Cam over slay of Batuan, Masbate vice mayor

Marje Pelayo   •   April 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila Regional Trial Court (MRTC) has ordered the arrest of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board member Sandra Cam and her son Marco Martin over the 2019 murder of Batuan Masbate Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III.

Based on the arrest order issued by MRTC Branch 42 Presiding Judge Dinnah Aguila-Topacio, no bail was recommended for the arrest.

Aside from the two, five other accused were ordered arrested including Nelson Cambaya; Junel Gomez; Bradford Solis; Juanito De Luna; and Rigor Dela Cruz.

Yuson was gunned down inside an eatery in Sampaloc, Manila on October 9, 2019 while on a visit to his sibling.

His family believes politics was behind the killing after Yuson’s son defeated Cam’s son in the mayoral election.

Cam repeatedly denied the allegations.

PACC creates task force to conduct lifestyle checks on gov’t personnel

Aileen Cerrudo   •   April 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — In line with the national government’s intensified efforts to fight corruption in the country, the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has created Task Force on Lifestyle Check.

PACC Chairman Greco Belgica said the task force will focus on officials who are always reported to be involved in anomalies but there are no documents or evidence that can prove such allegations.

Belgica said through lifestyle checks, the agency will be able to determine inconsistencies in their wealth or if there are any undeclared properties.

Ganyan po ang korapsyon, talagang tagong-tago iyan (That’s how corruption works, it is very discreet). However, by looking at their bank accounts, their properties, their SALN [Statement of Assets, Liabilities, and Net Worth]—kung ang kanilang gastos at ari-arian ay hindi commensurate sa kanilang kinikita sila po ay pwedeng kasuhan (and if their expenses and properties do not commensurate with their income, they can be held accountable),he said.

The PACC is also coordinating with local authorities and other government agencies in validating reports of anomalies or corruption in various government agencies around the country.

Belgica reminds government officials and personnel to declare their properties with honesty. He reiterated that unexplained wealth is a violation of the law.

“Living beyond your means that you cannot explain and yet you are spending like a billionaire, millionaire that is highly questionable,” he said. AAC


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