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MALA­CAÑANG re­cently com­mit­ted an­other boo­boo when it pre­vi­ously an­nounced that Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte has sacked Philip­pine Char­ity Sweep­stakes Of­fice (PCSO) gen­eral man­ager Alexan­der Ba­lu­tan due to se­ri­ous cor­rup­tion is­sues only to back­track the next day and clar­i­fied that the for­mer marine gen­eral ac­tu­ally ten­dered his res­ig­na­tion through a let­ter sub­mit­ted to the Palace.

Ba­lu­tan, for his part, ex­plained that his res­ig­na­tion has to do with some­thing that he can no longer stom­ach while in of­fice, adding that be­fore his de­ci­sion, he re­ceived in­for­ma­tion that there are “pow­er­ful per­son­al­i­ties” mov­ing for his re­moval.

Now how pow­er­ful re­ally are these per­son­al­i­ties who would want to oust Ba­lu­tan as the PSCO gen­eral man­ager?

The an­swer is, they are so in­flu­en­tial that they can de­ceive Mala­cañang into an­nounc­ing that Ba­lu­tan was re­moved by the Pres­i­dent when the truth, as later on ad­mit­ted by the Palace, is that the for­mer gen­eral ac­tu­ally re­signed from of­fice.

There is a sea of dif­fer­ence be­tween hav­ing re­signed from of­fice and be­ing re­moved from of­fice. The for­mer act is a uni­lat­eral and vol­un­tary act on the part of the one who re­signed while the lat­ter is an act by a third party, usu­ally the ap­point­ing au­thor­ity, done to the one who is ousted from of­fice for a num­ber of rea­son/s.

The more rel­e­vant ques­tion is why did Ba­lu­tan re­sign? Be­ing a for­mer marine gen­eral, we would think that he is all gung-ho and ag­gres­sive enough to run roughshod over any­body who would at­tempt to cor­rupt the PCSO in­sti­tu­tion. How­ever, his quiet move to get out speaks vol­umes about how things have turned very nasty within a gov­ern­ment agency whose mis­sion is pri­mar­ily “for rais­ing and pro­vid­ing funds for health pro­grams, med­i­cal as­sis­tance and ser­vices, and char­i­ties of na­tional char­ac­ter.”

Per­haps this gov­ern­ment agency has al­ready turned black with cor­rup­tion that even a marine war­rior such Ba­lu­tan is no match to those who have sub­verted the mis­sion and vi­sion of the PCSO to their own evil vested in­ter­ests.

Per­haps this is also why the for­mer PSCO gen­eral man­ager has re­quested the Pres­i­dent for an im­par­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion to fer­ret out the truth re­gard­ing al­le­ga­tions of cor­rup­tion in the said of­fice.

Form an ob­jec­tive stand­point and as a sug­ges­tion per­haps the Pres­i­dent can look into the man­ner in which fran­chises for the Small Town Lot­tery (STL), the al­ter­na­tive num­bers game sup­posed to re­place the il­le­gal num­bers game “Jueteng”, are be­ing is­sued to those want­ing to op­er­ate it as well as the bonafides of the ap­pli­cant op­er­a­tors.

The STL num­bers game and the is­suance of fran­chises for its’ op­er­a­tion is per­haps the real rea­son be­hind why there is now that foul stench of cor­rup­tion within the PCSO that even a for­mer

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