PCSO probe to cover 'everyone who held money': anti corruption chief

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Posted at Aug 01 2019 03:25 PM | Updated as of Aug 01 2019 05:03 PM

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MANILA -- The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission said Thursday its inspection of officials of the state-run lottery agency would cover "everyone who held money," even President Rodrigo Duterte’s friend.

Officials can be charged if a "lifestyle check" shows that they cannot justify "significant" increases in wealth, said PACC commissioner Greco Belgica.

"Lifestyle check is another matter. If a significant amount of increase in their wealth comes up and they cannot justify it... they can be charged accordingly," he said.

More than 21,000 lotto outlets and other Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office gaming kiosks were shut nationwide from July 27 to 30 after the President declared these as illegal due to "massive corruption."

"We will investigate everyone who holds money, held money, especially the board [of directors] from the time President Duterte assumed office," said Greco Belgica, commissioner of the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission.

"We will and we have not spared anyone -- be it friends of the President, friends of Senator Bong or my personal friends. We have arrests of that magnitude and stature," he added.

Before Duterte's pronouncement, some officials have faced cases for "funds that have not been remitted, bidding and distribution of franchises," said Belgica.

Gaming schemes such as the Peryahan ng Bayan, small town lottery (STL) and Keno remain suspended pending the results of an investigation into allegations of "illegal activities and corrupt practices."