Duterte: Reason Why He Stops Lotto, STL, PCSO Games

Here’s Reason Why Duterte Shut Down all PCSO Gaming Activities

DUTERTE – The reason why President Rodrigo Duterte ordered to shut down all the PCSO gaming activities for the meantime.

On March 2019, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte fired the chief of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Alexander Balutan due to alleged corruption. He replaced him with the female Police Chief from Cebu City Royina Garma last June.

In a report, the 45-year-old Cebuana cop said she already has plans in how to end the corruption in the agency.

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On Friday, July 26, President Rodrigo Duterte gave a special message regarding the PCSO corruption issue on the Facebook Page of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO).

The chief executive ordered the suspension of lotto and other PCSO games due to “massive corruption.”

“I have today ordered the closure, the stoppage of all gaming schemes sa… whatever nature, however done, that got the franchises to do from the PCSO. The ground is massive corruption involving all, pati the courts who repeatedly issued injunctions to paralyze government and to allow corruption to thrive,” he said.

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The 74-year-old Davaoeño politician ordered the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to close all the PCSO gambling operations such as Keno, Small Town Lottery (STL), and Peryahan ng Bayan. He now considers these gaming activities illegal.

“I am ordering the PNP, PNP Chief [Oscar] Albayalde, to arrest anybody, and goes also for the military, si AFP chief of staff Gen. Benjamin Madrigal, to arrest people engaged in gambling activities in connection with the franchises, licenses, concessions granted by the PCSO,” Duterte said.

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On the last part of his message, President Duterte said he was left with no choice but to shut down PCSO for the meantime.

“You’ve offered something to tie the people, allowing gambling and maybe it can help in the economic activity because money goes around. But if you f*** government, that’s something else. Talagang kayo ang nanghingi. Ibibigay ko sa inyo,” he said.

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