MANILA, Philippines — The House of Representatives (HoR) today started its investigation on the reported lavish Christmas party of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
In the hearing, PCSO Board Member, Sandra Cam, said that the board asked for a 10 million peso budget for the Christmas party that was held in an expensive hotel despite the fact that many of poor Filipinos have been patiently waiting in line every day at the PCSO asking for financial help.
PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan, however, maintains that there was no anomaly in the spendings made for the said event, claiming that the request was approved by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). — UNTV News & Rescue
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
MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte is set to identify less than 10 officials allegedly involved in the “massive corruption” in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), a Malacañang official said on Thursday.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the President mentioned this during a speech at the joint anniversary celebration of the National Security Council and the National Intelligence Coordinating Agency on Wednesday night.
However, Panelo said the chief executive did not elaborate on the issue, adding that the public should just wait for further announcements.
This comes after Duterte ordered the immediate suspension of all PCSO gaming operations over the supposed corruption in the agency. More than 30,000 gaming outlets were shut down over the weekend following his order.
On Tuesday, the president lifted the halt of lotto operations but suspension on small-town lottery (STL), Keno and Peryahan ng Bayan operations remain until the investigation has been concluded.
Presidential Anti-Corruption Commissioner Greco Belgica, meanwhile, said investigation is underway on PCSO officials linked to corruption including the agency’s former general manager Alexander Balutan.
Belgica added that PCSO officials will also be subjected to lifestyle checks.
“No one (is) exempted, no one will be spared from the top down,” he said. (with details from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said it will review all of its gaming procedures such as small-town lottery (STL) keno and Peryahan ng Bayan after President Rodrigo Duterte lifted the suspension of lotto operations.
PCSO General Manager Royina Garma said there could have been problems with their collection system that’s why remittances were delayed.
But when asked about the personalities who might be involved in irregularities and corruption inside the agency, Garma refused to answer.
“Ang mga taong perhaps involved noon, saka na lang po iyan, (As for the people involved, we’ll leave it for now),” she said.
“Hahayaan ko na lang po ‘yung mga (I will just let) investigators to do their job. It’s not mine anymore,” Garma said.
The gaming agency reported loss in revenue of up to P250-M following shutdown in lotto operations on Saturday (July 27).
Garma said they have proven from investigations that their lotto operations are free of irregularities, the reason why President Duterte decided to lift his suspension order.
“Kaya po namin ni-request ‘yung lotto kasi nakitaan namin na wala nang dapat baguhin. Kasi malinis siya, Okay siya, (The reason why we requested the resumption of lotto is because we’re confident that there’s nothing irregular going on with it. It is okay),” Garma concluded. – (MNPwith details from Harlene Delgado)
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