President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the military and police to shut down all games of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) starting July 27, Saturday, due to massive corruption.
Duterte’s order issued through a special message on YouTube would cover all lotto games, small town lottery, peryahan ng bayan and Keno. He gave the military and police to remove all these machines within from public places after declaring all these games and related transactions illegal.
“I have today (July 26) ordered the closure, the stoppage of all gaming schemes of whatever nature however done that got their franchises to do so from PCSO. The ground is massive corruption involving all, pati the courts who issued repeatedly issued injunctions to paralyze the government and to allow corruption to thrive,” said Duterte.
“Pending investigation lahat ng laro ng lotto, STL, Peryahan ng Bayan (at) yung gambling machine Keno, I said all gaming activities, ‘yung gambling that got their franchise from government from PCSO are as of today suspended or terminated because of massive corruption,” he added.
Duterte explained that he has no choice but to do this extreme measure. “I will not honor transactions that are clearly on the side of scheming people of the Republic of the Philippines of the money due to… puro dayaan lahat at ‘yung mga kontrata ay parang crafted in favor of corruption and to favor other corporations,” said Duterte “As of today, I will not honor any order from any court stopping us or enjoining us to stop our desire to go into a massive investigation for the massive corruption that is existing in the PCSO,” he added.
“I’ve offered, we’ve offered something to (tide) the people, allowing gambling and maybe it can help in the economic activity because money goes around. But if you fuck government, that’s something else.
Talagang kayo ang nanghingi. Ibibigay ko sa inyo,” said Duterte.
Last month, Duterte tapped Cebu City police chief Police Colonel Royina Garma as the new general manager in place of Alexander Balutan amid corruption issues.