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House investigates PCSO lavish Christmas party

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018

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


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Pres. Duterte defers dismissal of a government official

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Thursday, January 4th, 2018

MANILA, Philippines — Even before the year 2018 started, President Rodrigo Duterte has told Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque about the next presidential appointee he wants to dismiss.

Roque said he had planned on making the official announcement today, however, the Chief Executive told him not to proceed with the announcement.

“So although I was directed to announce as early as January 30, the instruction was to announce in our next press briefing, which is today. But of course, the beginning of the day, I was asked to defer with the said announcement,” said Roque.

Malacañang did not cite any reason behind the deferment of the dismissal of the unnamed official.

At present, the President is studying the law that created the agency to which the said official was appointed.

Roque also clarified that he wasn’t referring to either official of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) or the Maritime Industry Authority (Marina).

The PCSO official is facing controversy over the purportedly extravagant holiday party for employees last December.

The Marina administrator, on the other hand, has been alleged of engaging in junkets.

“I can make the confirmation that the official who I was tasked to announce and may belatedly tell to hold in abeyance is not from the PCSO,” said the presidential spokesperson.

Meanwhile, Malacañang once again reiterated that President Duterte does not allow any of his relatives to be involved in any government transaction.

“That applies to his children, his siblings, his cousins, his uncle, and aunts. No one in his family is authorized by him to have any financial interest in any government office, agency, or department,” said Roque. — Rosalie Coz | UNTV News and Rescue

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PCSO, PNP and LGU call for campaign against illegal gambling

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Friday, April 21st, 2017

MANILA – The number of arrests conducted by the Philippine National Police (PNP) has increased by over 200% amid illegal gambling business operations in the country.

This is after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered in January to intensify the fight against illegal gambling.

In a consultative meeting with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO)  and officials of the Local Government Units (LGU) yesterday, Police Senior Supt. Emmanuel Licup, the acting Executive Officer of the PNP Directorate for Operations, reported that most of the arrests were made during operations in Central Visayas and in Northern Mindanao.

“Compared to 2016 of the same period, 251% of the confiscated cash and articles had been confiscated by the PNP regarding illegal gambling. The number of operations conducted from 2,746 is up to 4,938 or let’s say 80% increase,” PSSupt. Licup said.

PCSO Chair Jose Jorge Corpuz said the government is losing a lot due to illegal gambling operations.

The millions of unpaid taxes should have been allocated to health and social services.

The official also calls on the public to report to the PNP any illegal gambling business entities in their areas.

PNP meanwhile guarantees that enforcers who will be caught receiving “payola” to protect illegal gambling operations will be charged accordingly.

“Once we receive a report, we immediately file cases against our personnel if there are such irregularities happening down in the police stations,” Corpuz said. — Joyce Balancio | UNTV News & Rescue

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Sandiganbayan acquits ex-PCSO Board Director Fatima Valdes

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Sandiganbayan has dismissed the plunder case against former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Board Director Fatima Valdes.

The former PCSO official was allegedly involved in the P366 million intelligence fund scam inside.

The anti-graft court said the prosecution failed to prove that Valdes and other PCSO officials conspired with then President Gloria Arroyo to release the said amount.

Sandiganbayan also noted there is no proof that she used the alleged fund for personal interest.

Valdes is among the co-accused of Arroyo in the said case.

In July 2016, the anti-graft court also dismissed the same charges against Arroyo. —  (Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue)

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