Amended graft raps filed vs former, current PCSO executives

Carolyn Bonquin, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 24 2016 11:28 PM

MANILA - Leon Peralta, chairman of the Anti-Trapo Movement of the Philippines, has filed an amended graft, breach of conduct and violation of the Government Procurement Reform Act complaint against former and current Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) top executives.

This came three months after filing the original complaint last July 27.

The complaint stemmed from the allegedly anomalous three-year extension of the lease agreement for the lotto operations equipment without public bidding.

Named respondents are Erineo Maliksi, chairman of the board of directors; Margarita Juico, former PCSO chairman; Jose Ferdinand Rojas II, general members; and the members of the board of directors Florencio Noel, Mabel Mamba, Francisco Joaquin III, and Conrado Zabella .

Also included in the revised complaint are Anna Liza Inciong, legal department manager; Roger Ramirez, product & standard development department manager; and other members of the Bids and Awards Committee.

Peralta told the Ombudsman that PCSO gave undue favor to Philippine Gaming & Management Corporation (PGMC) and Pacific Online Systems Corporation (POSC) after extending and renewing their contracts for the lottery terminals in March 2015 and August 2015.

His amended complaint also questioned the declining sales performance of the PCSO. 

Citing a state audit report, Peralta pointed out that PCSO revenue decreased from P31.3 billion in 2012 to P28.9 billion in 2015.