Ax to fall on 5 more STL operators — PCSO

February 22, 2018 - 2:20 PM
GM Alexander Balutan is seen in file photo at a congressional hearing with PCSO chairman Jose George Corpuz (L). CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA – The board of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is currently evaluating five more Authorized Agent Corporations (ACCs) either for suspension, cancellation, termination, or revocation of their authority to play the Small Town Lottery (STL).

“We are looking into these five AACs that are possibly violating provisions contained in the STL Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR),” said General Manager Alexander Balutan on Wednesday.

Balutan said that since Camarines Sur is now open for bidders, the agency will make sure it won’t be open for long so as not to sacrifice the revenue of the province and create a vacuum for opportunists and illegal operations to take advantage of and get back in the game.

“I am not intimidated by the vilification campaign in the media against our STL. All we have to do is accept the fact that we have not yet perfected the system for our STL. What is important is to accomplish our mission set by the President to eradicate jueteng and all forms of illegal numbers game through STL. We are so much focused on this goal and we will do it,” he said.

Last February 5, 2018, the PCSO board permanently terminated and cancelled the authorization of Evenchance Gaming Corporation to play the STL in Camarines Sur pursuant to Board Resolution No. 0024 series of 2018.

Its violations include accepting bets from minors, non-wearing of STL uniform and identification cards, and using tickets not prescribed by the PCSO. It also failed to reach the presumptive monthly retail receipt (PMRR) that it has committed in its application.

Even the franchise of Golden Go Rapid Gaming Corp. (GGRGC) in the Province of Pangasinan had already been terminated by PCSO last October 2017.

GGRGC’s permit has been revoked for failure to remit more than P655 million in supposed monthly retail remittance to the charity office since April 2017.

“We also forfeited the cash bond posted by GGRGC amounting to P225 million to cover the payment of their sales shortfall, which was computed after the submission of their sales report,” said Balutan.

As replacement, PCSO has granted Speed Game Inc. the authority to operate STL in Pangasinan.