By Nancy Carvajal
Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) corporate secretary Wesley Barayuga may have been killed because of disagreements in Peryahan ng Bayan franchise allocations.
A PCSO insider told Politiko that Barayuga had several “heated arguments” with other PCSO board members prior to his death on July 30.
“Before he was ambushed, Barayuga had several heated arguments with other PCSO board members over a probe regarding the allocation of Peryahan ng Bayan franchises,” the source said.
Barayuga was shot dead by an unknown gunman on board a motorcycle while he was driving along a busy street in Mandaluyong.
Operations of Peryahan ng Bayan were suspended early this year due to alleged biribery of PCSO officials and franchise owners’ supposed failure to remit their incomes to the regulator.
“The suspension caused franchise holders to lose tens of millions of pesos,” the source said.
Barayuga helped PCSO streamline operations of another PCSO-regulated game, the Small Town Lottery, by introducing an audit system that led to the discovery of millions of pesos in lost revenues.
He was also a witness of the National Bureau of Investigation in a case filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against former and current PCSO officials in connection with alleged corruption in the remittance of STL revenues.