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Duterte lifts STL suspension

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By Prince Golez

President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted the suspension of small-town lottery (STL) operations, Malacañang confirmed Thursday.

“The suspension on STL will be lifted upon compliance of certain conditions,” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

On July 26, Duterte suspended the operations of all gaming schemes granted by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office due to alleged massive corruption.

Lotto games resumed on July 31 after its operations were cleared from corruption allegations.

Panelo, meanwhile, said compliant STL franchise holders will have to give three months deposit while those non-compliant will have to pay their arrears.

“There will be a waiver from suits. Franchise holders can not sue. The effectivity will be after the publication of the implementing rules and regulations,” the chief presidential legal counsel added.

Panelo said violations of these terms will mean revocation of the license of the STL franchise holder.

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