Supreme Court orders all courts to submit PCSO cases

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 29 2019 06:10 PM

MANILA - The Supreme Court on Monday ordered all trial court judges to submit reports on pending cases involving the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Court Administrator Jose Midas P. Marquez gave trial court judges and branch clerks of court until August 15, 2019 to submit their reports on cases involving PCSO filed starting January 2018 and their respective status.

Marquez issued the directive following discussions with Chief Justice Lucas Bersamin in view of allegations of corruption involving lotto and other gaming franchises issued by the PCSO.

Marquez also issued a related memorandum to judges of the Regional Trial Court (RTC) of Mandaluyong City.

President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday ordered the suspension of operations of all gaming schemes granted by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) due to "massive corruption."

As of Sunday, police said it shut a total of 5,187 lotto stores; 13,320 small town lottery kiosks; 2,194 Peryahan ng Bayan outlets; and 472 Keno shops.

The PCSO said it would ask Duterte to reconsider his order suspending its games.