PCSO to appeal Duterte order vs lotto, STL, other games

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will ask President Rodrigo Duterte to reconsider his order against lottery, STL, and other gaming operations, the agency's officials announced on Saturday, July 27.

"The PCSO shall appeal to the Office of the President for the resumption of the conduct of all games to PCSO's mandate and for the interest of the PCSO, its agents, and its beneficiaries," PCSO General Manager Royina Garma said in a video posted on the Facebook page of state-run PTV 4.

For players who purchased advance play tickets for PCSO games, Garma said they should keep their tickets until further notice.

For now, Garma said PCSO-licensed establishments must comply with Duterte's directive. Garma is the PCSO chief, considered as one of Duterte's most trusted former law enforcers.

Garma's promise comes a day after Duterte ordered the closure of all gaming establishments franchised by the PCSO, alleging "massive corruption" in their operations. 

On Saturday, labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines urged Duterte to consider the thousands of workers who would be displaced following his order.

TUCP appealed to Duterte to institute reforms in the agency as soon as possible to avoid compromising workers' livelihoods. – Rappler.com

Rambo Talabong

Rambo Talabong covers security, crime, and the city of Manila for Rappler. He was chosen as a Jaime V. Ongpin Fellow in 2019 for his reporting on President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs.