PCSO: Medical assistance to continue 'unless otherwise instructed'

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 29 2019 03:08 PM | Updated as of Jul 29 2019 04:28 PM

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) assistance beneficiaries line up at the Lung Center of the Philippines releasing section on July 29, 2019. The PCSO said its medical assistance program for individuals would still be available "unless otherwise instructed" despite a ban on gaming operations. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office said Monday its medical assistance program for individuals would still be available "unless otherwise instructed" despite a ban on gaming operations.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday ordered the suspension of gaming schemes under the PCSO, citing "massive corruption" in the agency.

"May we inform the public that our Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP) services at the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City and all PCSO Branch Offices nationwide will still be available today onwards, unless otherwise instructed," the PCSO said in a statement.

The agency followed the directive by immediately suspending gaming schemes under the PCSO last Saturday. The Philippine National Police also shut down lotto and other gaming outlets nationwide.

Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp chairperson Andrea Domingo said the agency would come up with a system to help PCSO beneficiaries if instructed to do so.

Bettors with winning Lotto and KENO tickets can still claim their prices at the PCSO head office.