Palace tells Cam: File charges over alleged PCSO corruption

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 08 2019 03:23 PM

MANILA - Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board member Sandra Cam should file charges against small-town lottery operators allegedly involved in corruption even if they are friends of President Rodrigo Duterte, Malacañang said Thursday.

Cam on Wednesday claimed that some STL operators do not remit revenues to the PCSO but declined to name them.

“Our position always is if you have any complaint against any particular employee or person relative to the commission of any crime or violation of laws, then file, make a formal complaint,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told reporters during a Palace briefing.

STL operators are also included in the government’s investigation into PCSO corruption, Panelo explained as he assured Cam that the inquiry would be “fair and impartial.”

STL and other gaming schemes like Peryahan ng Bayan and Keno have been suspended since July 26 after Duterte decried "massive corruption" at the PCSO. Only lotto operations, initially halted along with the other gaming schemes, were allowed to resume since these were only dragged into the corruption allegations, Panelo earlier said.

Malacañang said the President would name other PCSO officials allegedly involved in corruption once the investigation concludes.

The Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission is also conducting a "lifestyle check" on officials of the state-run lottery agency which covers "everyone who held money," even Duterte’s friends.