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Lotto outlets take bets again after lifting of suspension

July 31, 2019 - Wednesday 1:07 PM by Arjoy Ceniza

Article Banner Image HAPPY AGAIN. Bettors place their bets at a reopened Lotto outlet in Maa, Davao City on Wednesday morning. ARJOY M. CENIZA

DAVAO CITY -- Lotto outlets in this city have resumed operations after President Rodrigo Duterte lifted the game’s suspension late Tuesday night.

The Mirror went to several Lotto outlets and found bettors happily placing their bets in the newly reopened game operated by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo in a statement said the suspension of lotto operations has been ordered lifted by the President “as per the advice of Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea.”

“Franchise holders and operators of lotto outlets may now resume with their operations. The lifting of the suspension of lotto operations takes effect immediately,” he said.

Panelo said according to the Executive Secretary, the suspension for the lotto operations has been lifted “because investigators found no anomalies in the conduct of its operations, its sanctity remained untainted and the regulatory rules have been followed.”

Panelo, howevr, said all other gaming operations with franchises, licenses, or permits granted by the PCSO such as Small-Town Lottery (STL), Keno, and Peryahan ng Bayan (PNB) ‘remain suspended pending the investigation of illegal activities and corrupt practices related thereto and until the Office of the President evaluates the results of said probe.”

Last week, the President ordered all gaming activities of the PCSO, including Lotto, STL, and Peryahan ng Bayan, to stop due to "massive corruption.”

Panelo said the Chief Executive would reveal the names of officials or employees involved in corruption “in due time”.

“We’ll have to wait for the President. He is thoroughly investigating the corruption and as he said, in due time, we’ll name them. Do not be impatient,” Panelo said in a Palace briefing.

The Palace assured that those in need of medical assistance and social services may, for the meantime, approach the Office of the President (OP), Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) or the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). With reports from Jon Joaquin and PNA