Palace promises impartial investigation of alleged corruption in PCSO

Published August 8, 2019, 8:00 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera & Richa Noriega

By Genalyn Kabiling

The investigation into the alleged corruption in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will be fair and impartial, Malacañang said Thursday.

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)
Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo (OPS / MANILA BULLETIN)

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo made the assurance amid allegations some small town lottery (STL) operators supposedly allied with President Duterte did not properly remit revenues to the PCSO.

“Investigation of this government is always fair and impartial,” Panelo said during a news conference at the Palace.

Asked about the possible collusion of STL operators with some PCSO officials, Panelo said the Palace would wait for the findings of the investigation.

The Palace official also urged the public to file a complaint about any irregularity in the PCSO operations.

“Our position always is if you have any complaint against any particular employee or any person relative to the commission of any crime, violation of law, then file. Make a formal complaint,” he said.

PCSO board member Sandra Cam earlier revealed that some STL operators who are friends of the President were long those who failed to remit funds to the PCSO. She also reportedly claimed that some retired military generals were behind the alleged corruption in the charity agency.

Earlier, President Duterte halted the PCSO gaming operations except for lotto pending an investigation into the alleged massive corruption. The President has discovered a grand conspiracy of players and participants of all gaming operations to cheat the government of its rightful shares, according to Panelo.