On the night of July 26, a Friday, the presidential palace posted on Facebook a video of President Rodrigo Duterte ordering not only “the closure” of all lotto and other state-run gaming outlets, but also the “arrest” of anyone who defied his order. He declared all these games “illegal because as of today, all of those permits and concessions or whatever are terminated” on his orders. His reason—to stop “massive corruption”. What followed next eerily reminded me of Ferdinand Marcos’ imposition of Martial Law, which started also on a Friday night. Think about this. By the afternoon of the next day, according to an ABS-CBN report, the police had shut down 21,173 lotto stores and gaming outlets NATIONWIDE. When were the police given Duterte’s verbal directive—which was issued past office hours? And which to this day has not been formalized in a written order? We can presume that shutting down such a vast number of … [Read more...] about OPINION: Lotto, STL closure a portent of things to come?
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MANILA- Police General Oscar Albayalde defended Monday the Philippine National Police's crackdown on Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) gaming outlets following criticism from a lawmaker. Senator Nancy Binay criticized the police force's involvement in the closure of lotto outlets and gaming kiosks, saying authorities had a "misplaced sense of priority." "Hindi naman naubos yung pulis natin dito. Hindi mauubos yung 180,000 members of the PNP para dito sa closure," Albayalde told reporters. (We didn't allot all of our policemen for this. The 180,000-strong PNP cannot be fully deployed for this closure.) Over 30,000 lotto outlets and other PCSO gaming kiosks were shut down nationwide after President Rodrigo Duterte declared these as illegal. Asked whether the President's verbal order was enough, Albayalde said the PNP also received a directive from the Department of the Interior and Local Government to heed Duterte's order. "In the PNP, especially us, even in the military there … [Read more...] about National police chief defends crackdown on lotto, gaming
After reading Sen. Ping Lacson’s revelation of the billions of pesos collected by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) that do not go to government coffers and are instead diverted to the pockets of PCSO officials., corrupt politicians, policemen and syndicate operators, I feel my lotto problem is minuscule. But I still want my P576 back. I buy my lotto tickets in bulk--six draws--to save time and effort in going to lottery outlets. Last Friday, I went to an SM lotto outlet to place my bets for six draws of 6/42, 6/45,6/49 and 6/55. I paid P576. I always dream of hitting the jackpot and I already have a plan how to distribute the “blessings.” Through the years, I have spent thousands of pesos chasing that dream and I’m not giving up despite the fact that the luckiest I got was three numbers. I always console myself with the thought that the money I spend for lotto benefits the sick and the poor. So, I thought. On Friday evening, the … [Read more...] about OPINION: What will happen to my lotto bet?
Duterte stops lotto, other PCSO gamesPresident Rodrigo Duterte has stopped all gaming activities of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) such as lotto, small town lottery (STL) and keno because of “massive corruption.” The President also suspended the licenses and franchises granted by the PCSO. In a special message uploaded on the Presidential Communications Operations Office’s Facebook page late Friday night, Duterte said he could not allow corruption to thrive in the country.“I have today ordered the closure, the stoppage of all gaming schemes… whatever nature, however done, that got the franchises to do from the PCSO. The ground is “Wala ako magawa (I have no choice). I have to do it. I will not honor transactions that are clearly on the side of scheming people. Puro dayaan lahat (It’s all cheating). AtThe President blamed the PCSO for his unexpected move. “Talagang hiningi ninyo. Sinabi ko na nga walang corruption. … [Read more...] about Duterte stops lotto, other PCSO games
MANILA - Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said Saturday he would direct the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into alleged corruption at the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). This, following President Rodrigo Duterte's order to suspend operations of all PCSO gaming outlets across the country over alleged "massive corruption." "I will direct the NBI to conduct an in-depth investigation into the alleged anomalies in the collection and remittance of the government’s share in revenues," Guevarra said, adding that such may have "prompted the president to take drastic action." He said he was waiting for “some particulars on the alleged corruption at the PCSO” before ordering the National Bureau of Investigation to start the inquiry. On Friday night, Duterte ordered authorities to enforce his order to shut down all PCSO gambling operations such as the lotto, Peryahan ng Bayan, small town lottery (STL), and Keno. The … [Read more...] about Justice department wants probe on alleged PCSO anomalies