Lotto op­er­a­tions back to normal

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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.

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