Whistleblower bares PCSO directors got luxury cars from ‘jueteng’ operators

September 28, 2010 10:55 am 

By Lilybeth G. Ison

MANILA, Sept. 27 — A whistle blower of the illegal numbers game "jueteng" on Monday bared that several directors of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) received luxury vehicles from big time jueteng operators, who, at the same time, own franchises of the government-run small town lottery (STL) during the time of then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo administration.

Sandra Cam, a board member of he Krusada ng Bayan Laban sa Jueteng, at the hearing of the committee on games and amusement of the House of Representatives, said these PCSO directors received mini cooper each.

She also alleged that while "these remnants" of the past administration are still in the PCSO board, government efforts to get rid of jueteng, which uses the STL as front, will fail.

Cam, together with Archbishop Oscar Cruz, former Pampanga Governor Ed Panlilio and other members of Krusada, attended Monday's hearing of the House body, which seeks to determine the low remittance of STL earnings to the government.

Laguna Rep. Dan Fernandez, one of the authors of the resolution seeking for an inquiry, said that one of the reasons for the low remittance could be the existence of jueteng and other illegal numbers games.

Cruz affirmed Cam's allegations that the STL is being used as "cover" for jueteng operations, saying he has a list of STL franchise owners who are, at the same time, operating jueteng in provinces.

"The PCSO has been duped to high heavens, so to speak. In short, there is something very, very wrong on how STL is being operated in the country… how the STL is practically in the hands of jueteng operators," he said.

For his part, PCSO general manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas said that since the STL started operations in 2006 up to August 2010, it has recorded gross sales of P8.4 billion — P708 million in 2006; P1.9 billion in 2007; P2.3 billion in 2008; P1.9 billion in 2009; and P1.4 billion up to August 2010.

At present, he said the numbers game is operating in only 20 provinces. (PNA)



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