PCSO officials asked to ‘voluntarily leave’ posts amid corruption probe

Marje Pelayo   •   August 1, 2019   •   1344

MANILA, Philippines – Recoboda Party-list Rep. Godofredo Guya on Thursday (August 1) asked officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to file a voluntary leave of absence while the investigation on the alleged corruption within the agency rolls on.

 “We should ask them that they should voluntary…mag-leave muna sila (to take a leave for now),” Guya said.

“Kung ayaw nilang umalis, nakakahiya sa taumbayan, (If they refuse to leave, it would be unethical),” he added.

Guya’s call was to ensure that those involved wouldn’t have the chance to influence the result of the investigation.

The lawmaker also supports the publication of the names involved in the controversy.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives (HOR) wants an immediate start of the probe.

The House Committee on Games and Amusement is planning to call the former and the current officials of the state-run gaming service to hear their explanation on the matter.

“Magkakaroon po kami ng pagpupulong para nga talaga bilisan agad ang pagpapatawag ng congressional inquiry para magkaroon ng imbestigasyon ang kongreso sa massive corruption sa PCSO, (We will set up a meeting to discuss how to expedite the congressional inquiry on the massive corruption in PCSO),” said Committee member ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Niña Taduran.

So far, the Lower House has received two resolutions seeking an investigation on the alleged irregularities inside the PCSO.

The PCSO, for its part, assured to cooperate with the probe. – (MNP with details from Grace Casin)

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)


Gov’t employees in typhoon-hit areas may file for 5-day leave of absence – CSC

Marje Pelayo   •   November 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Civil Service Commission (CSC) has announced that government employees in areas heavily affected by typhoons Quinta and Rolly may file for up to five days of leave of absence from work.

This special emergency leave privilege will not be deducted from the employee’s regular leave credits, the CSC assured, and can be availed within 30 days after the onset of the typhoon. 

The days of leave of absence may be utilized for recovery or repairs of damaged properties or to attend to other relatives affected by the calamity.

The CSC said the leave of absence will be based on the declaration of a state of calamity in the employee’s place of residence or it may be offered by the head of the government agency if deemed necessary based on evidence provided by the employee. MNP (with inputs from Rey Pelayo)

PCSO official shot dead in Mandaluyong

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 30, 2020

A board member of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has been gunned down in Mandaluyong City on Thursday afternoon (July 30).

Reports say PCSO Board Secretary Wesley Barayuga was gunned down by an armed man on a motorcycle at the corner of Calbayog and Malinaw Streets in Mandaluyong City. His driver was also shot and is currently being treated at a hospital.

CCTV footage showed the suspect shooting from the passenger side. Authorities are currently conducting an investigation. AAC (with reports from Lea Ylagan)


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