Duterte lifts ban on lotto

Police closing Lotto outlet

President Rodrigo Duterte has reinstated lotto games across the country, four days after a widespread ban was enacted on all PCSO gaming activities fear corruption, local media reports. 

“As per the advice of Executive Secretary Salvador C. Medialdea, the suspension of Lotto operations has been ordered lifted by the President,” said Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo on Tuesday. 

Medialdea told Panelo that investigators found no anomalies in the conduct of lotto operations.

“The sanctity of lotto remained untainted and all regulatory rules have been followed,” Medialdea said.

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

However, all other PCSO games including all franchises, licenses, and permits granted by the agency will remain suspended “pending the investigation of illegal activities and corrupt practices related thereto until the Office of the President evaluates the results of said probe.”