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Senator Lacson Urges Palace to File Criminal Charges Against PCSO General Manager

LACSON – Senator Panfilo Lacson urges the Palace to file criminal charges against PCSO chief Alexander Balutan.

In a report, Philippine President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte fired the general manager of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Alexander Balutan.

Palace spokesperson Salvador Panelo disclosed that the chief executive just terminated the PCSO chief because of alleged corruption.

“The Palace confirms that President Duterte has terminated the services of PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan on his present post due to serious allegations of corruption,” said Panelo.

Alexander Balutan
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The Malacañang Palace did not expound the ground of Alexander Balutan’s termination.

But for Balutan’s part, his spokesman named Florencio Solmerin stated that the PCSO Chief resigned voluntarily.

“General manager Alexander Ferrer Balutan has opted to resign from his post for personal reasons”

Panfilo Lacson
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Based on a report from Manila Bulletin, Senator Panfilo Lacson expressed his reaction toward the alleged corruption of the PCSO chief.

The senator stated that the government should file charges against Alexander Balutan for his involvement in alleged corruption.

Since Malacañang has already cited and announced the reason for his sacking, it is incumbent upon them to file the necessary criminal charges for violation of the country’s anti-graft laws,” said Lacson.

Panfilo Lacson 1
Photo Source: Manila Times

According to the report, Panfilo Lacson stated that he was convinced by the decision of President Duterte on firing PCSO’s general manager.

“If only for his demeanor and other data gathered by our committee in those hearings, I am inclined to think there is basis in his sacking as PCSO Gen Manager,” he said.

Panfilo Lacson 2
Photo Source: Philippine Star

Based on the report, Panfilo Lacson that he was disappointed on the allegations towards retired Marine General Alexander Balutan.

He was once impressed by Balutan for testifying against the alleged fraud Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during the 2004 elections.

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