House wants to give PCSO permit issuing power

House leaders are seeking to amend the charter of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office to grant it the authority to issue permits for small town lottery (STL), Philstar reports.

The PCSO officially launched its expanded STL in January in an effort to stamp out illegal gambling, with PCSO chair Jose Jorge Corpuz saying his plan was to give illegal gambling operators a one year window to go mainstream.

“We will propose to have a unified recognition of the Philippine lotto and the STL as the sole legal numbers game in the Philippines,” said House minority leader and Quezon Rep. Danilo Suarez.

“This aims to completely eradicate jueteng and other forms of illegal gambling while facilitating the expansion of this national legal numbers game to all provinces in the country,” Suarez added.

PCSO officials insist that it is not authorized to grant permits to STL operators because its charter covers only national lottery and not localized numbers games.

However, PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan said only President Duterte can stop STL operations because the PCSO is under the Office of the President.

 

More news from this jurisdiction

PhilippinesThursday, Mar 23, 2017

The Court of Appeals has rejected an attempt to stop the historic Army and Navy Club in Manila from being converted to a hotel and casino, local media reports.

Macau, PhilippinesWednesday, Mar 22, 2017

Gaming suppliers, facing the challenge of changing audience demographics and new technology, need to move to “bigger and brighter” machines to lure clients into casinos, industry experts say.

PhilippinesWednesday, Mar 22, 2017

Philippines Gaming and Amusement Corp Chair Andrea Domingo said the regulator is planning to greatly expand its program to license offshore online gaming licenses now it is comfortable it is able to properly monitor and regulate activities.

PhilippinesFriday, Mar 17, 2017

Documents alleging the corruption of senior officials of the previous Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) administration have been turned over to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II.

Japan, PhilippinesMonday, Mar 13, 2017

Japan’s Universal Entertainment is disposing of treasury shares through an international offering and third-party allotment to raise funds for operations at its $2.4 billion Okada Manila resort in the Philippines.

PhilippinesMonday, Mar 13, 2017

The Philippine Court of Appeals has ordered Melco Crown Entertainment to abide by an accord to not hire the employees of rival Bloomberry Resorts and Hotels for a minimum of six months after their termination.

PhilippinesMonday, Mar 13, 2017

A lobby group has petitioned the Philippines’ Supreme Court seeking to stop the Phlippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. from issuing online licenses, arguing the permits violate the regulator’s charter and run counter to an executive order to crackdown on internet gambling.