두테르테 대통령은 로또를 포함한 PCSO(Philippine Charity Sweeptstakes Office; 필리핀자선복권협회) 주관의 모든 게임에 대한 운영정지 명령을 내렸다.
두테르테 대통령은 26일 금요일 TV 성명을 발표하고, 로또, Peayahab ng Bayan, STL 과 Keno등 PCSO주관의 모든 게임에 대한 폐쇄명령과 함께 군과 경찰이 이들을 단속하도록 지시하였다.
PCSO주관 사업은 모두 불법으로 규정하고, 24시간 후 부터 단속에 들어간다고 선언하였으며, PCSO의 광범위한 부패를 조사하기 위해, 법원의 어떤 집행중지명령이 나오더라도 따르지 않을 것이라고 말했다.
또한 그는 그동안 PCSO가 지원하던 자선기금들은 PAGCOR(온라인게임협회)에서 지원하도록 하겠다고 말했다.
Duterte declares lotto, other PCSO games illegal
Posted at Jul 26 2019 11:52 PM | Updated as of Jul
MANILA (2nd UPDATE)—President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday night ordered the suspension of operations of all gaming schemes granted by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) 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 in a special message uploaded on the Presidential Communications Operations Office's Facebook page.
Duterte ordered the police and military to enforce his order to shut down all PCSO gambling operations such as lotto, Peryahan ng Bayan, small town lottery (STL), and Keno.
"Wala ako magawa. I have to do it. I will not honor transactions that are clearly on the side of, you know, scheming people, Republic of the Philippines, of the money due it. Puro dayaan lahat. At 'yung mga kontrata ay parang crafted in favor of corruption and to favor other corporations and people. I will not allow it," he said.
The president gave law enforcers 24 hours starting tomorrow, Saturday to stop the gaming activities operated, licensed and franchised by PCSO, which he now declared as illegal.
"I am ordering the PNP [Philippine National Police], PNP Chief [Oscar] Albayalde, to arrest anybody, and goes also for the military, si [Armed Forces of the Philippines (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," he said.
Duterte also said he will not honor any court order in their investigation on the alleged massive corruption in the PCSO.
"Irrespective of the, yung mga sinabi ko na na court order enjoining everybody to stop or not to do or what not to do, especially government. Hindi ako papayag ng ganoon. And I said I will not honor anything there. Everybody has to stop," he said.
Duterte said he was left with no choice because PCSO asked for it.
"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.
'IN DUE TIME'
Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said the chief executive will identify those involved in alleged PCSO corruption in due time.
"Papangalanan lahat nila 'yan. Sa ngayon kino-collate pa... pinaiimbestigahan ng mabuti. Ayaw niyang magkamali," he said over DZMM Teleradyo's Moonlight Serenade.
(He will name everyone involved in the corruption. They are still collating it. He wants it thoroughly investigated. He doesn't want to make a mistake.)
Meanwhile, those seeking financial assistance for medical or health-related cases can ask for help from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR), Office of the President or other government agencies, Panelo said.
"Kung ipapatigil, ibig sabihin, walang papasok na pera maliban sa dating pera. Meron pa naman tayong PAGCOR at sa ibang ahensiya ng gobyerno," he said.
(If the operations are stopped, money won't come in, except for those already raised. We still have PAGCOR and other government agencies.)
Panelo also said there won't be a draw for Saturday's lotto—Grand Lotto 6/55 and Lotto 6/42—since the president ordered the immediate closure of all activities.
Duterte appointed in June 2019 Cebu City police chief Police Co. Royina Garma as the new general manager of the state gaming regulator.
Garma replace retired Marine general Alexander Balutan, who was fired in March "due to serious allegations of corruption."
Balutan drew controversy in 2018 over a supposedly lavish PCSO Christmas party, where the agency spent about P6 million.
Proceeds from lotto ticket sales also went down in Feb. 2019, registering only P1.59 billion in sales compared to the same period last year with P2.61 billion.