Po­lice to check le­gal­ity of STL in Ba­colod

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY MERLINDA A. PEDROSA

THE Ba­colod City Po­lice Of­fice (BCPO) will co­or­di­nate with the city of­fi­cials to de­ter­mine the le­gal­ity of the op­er­a­tion of the Small Town Lot­tery (STL) in Ba­colod.

Po­lice Colonel Ariel Pico, spokesper­son of BCPO, said they al­ready dis­cussed in their meet­ing yes­ter­day at the BCPO Head­quar­ters the op­er­a­tion of STL in the city.

He said they will check the im­ple­ment­ing rules and reg­u­la­tions of the STL since there were some changes in the pro­vi­sions.

“We will check first the IRR if they are al­lowed to op­er­ate here or not,” he added.

The Philip­pine Char­ity Sweep­stakes Of­fice (PCSO) ear­lier or­dered Su­per Lucky Bea­gler Inc. (SLBI) to re­sume its op­er­a­tion of the STL in Ne­gros Oc­ci­den­tal ef­fec­tive Septem­ber 1.

The STL op­er­a­tion in the province and other parts of the coun­try was stopped last month upon the or­ders of Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte.

Other op­er­a­tors of STL in other prov­inces have re­port­edly not yet re­sumed op­er­a­tions due to pend­ing re­view of their con­tracts.

The STL draws are held in Si­lay City.

For his part, Vice Mayor El Cid Fa­mil­iaran said they will also check if the STL op­er­a­tors have se­cured their permits in the city.

In 2017, for­mer coun­cilor Sonya Verde­flor said that the STL and Perya­han games are not al­lowed to op­er­ate in the city.

She said in 2014, the PCSO ter­mi­nated the deed of au­thor­ity is­sued to Global Tech Mo­bile On­line Corp. (Glob­al­tech) to op­er­ate the Perya­han ng Bayan in var­i­ous cities and prov­inces, in­clud­ing Ba­colod.

She added the per­mit to op­er­ate of Glob­al­tech had ended af­ter they failed to com­ply with some of the pro­vi­sions of their mem­o­ran­dum of agree­ment (MOA) with the PCSO.*

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