Lotto operations back to normal
THE operation of the lotto outlets licensed by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes (PCSCO) in Bacolod City is now back to normal.
This was confirmed by Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) director Police Colonel Henry Biñas yesterday after its suspension imposed by President Rodrigo Duterte
has been lifted Tuesday night, but for lotto operations only.
Biñas said they will comply the directive of the President and he already directed all the station chiefs to allow the lotto outlets to operate within their areas of jurisdiction.
“But, it’s only the lotto outlets. The Small Town Lottery, Peryahan ng Bayan, and Keno are still illegal. Those who will be caught engaged in said illegal activities will be arrested,” he said.
Biñas explained that the directive of President Rodrigo Duterte is only for the operation of the lotto outlets, and the rest of the gaming stations licensed of PCSO are still under investigation.
On July 27, a total of 77 outlets of STL, lotto, Peryahan ng Bayan, and Keno that were operating under the PCSO in Bacolod City were shut down by the operatives of BCPO.
Duterte issued the order in a video message because of alleged massive corruption at the PCSO.
Biñas said that based on the statement from the Malacañang, the suspension for the lotto operations has been lifted because the investigators found no anomalies in its operations.
He said that any person who will be caught engaging in STL, Peryahan ng Bayan and Keno will be arrested and charged with violation of Presidential Decree 1602 as amended by Republic Act 9287 covering illegal numbers games.
He added PCSO has a good intention to help the poor, but there were someone taking advantage and failed to remit the proceeds to the government.