Religious, academe and student sectors oppose STL in Negros Oriental

November 12, 2010 1:05 pm 

DUMAGUETE CITY, Nov. 12 — Vehement objections were raised against the proliferation of Small Town Lottery (STL) in Negros Oriental during the public hearing which was conducted by members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan on Tuesday.

The application of Lucky Golden Tiger Gaming Corporation to operate an STL in the province was met with opposition primarily from the religious sector and the academe, including the students.

The public hearing was conducted to comply with requirements before a provincial franchise is granted.

Atty. Glenn Abellon of Lucky Golden Tiger Gaming Corporation said the operation of STL in the province will lead to the total eradication of illegal numbers game such as "swertres" and the like.

Aside from the socio-economic impact of its operation, Abellon said it hopes to employ more than 2,000 employees and would increase the revenues of local government units.

He further said that while Lotto, jai-alai, "swertres" and other forms of illegal gambling will siphon the money to Manila, STL's collections will be remitted locally.

The applicant is aware of the fact that when any of three requirements is not complied with, the application is rejected.

The requirements include a favorable resolution from the provincial board, endorsement of the league of municipalities and that there should be no objections.(PNA)

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