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Nothing illegal about Binay joining raffle: CSC

Posted at | Updated as of 02/06/14 3:54 AM

 

MANILA - Makati City Rep. Abigail Binay did not violate any law when she joined a raffle and won a condo unit in Pasig, the Civil Service Commission said Wednesday.

The condo unit, pegged at around 5 million pesos, was raffled off by a mall in Makati where her brother, Junjun Binay, is also the sitting mayor.

CSC Chairman Francisco Duque said there are currently no laws prohibiting Binay or any public official from joining a raffle even if it was held in her own city.

He said joining raffles is not considered gambling.

"Wala namang batas na malinaw na nagsasabing bawal kayong sumali sa raffle dahil hindi tama dahil kayo'y posible mag approve ng party o project. Ang maganda gumawa tayo ng batas patungkol diyan," he said in a radio DZMM interview.

"Hindi naman talaga siya sugal dahil although game of chance hindi naman talaga siya game, kasi its a raffle."