President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the immediate stoppage of all gaming schemes operated, licensed, and franchised by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s (PCSO).
“The ground is massive corruption involving all — pati the courts who issued the — repeatedly issued injunctions to paralyze government and to allow corruption to thrive. Pending investigation, lahat ho ng laro ng Lotto, STL, Peryahan ng Bayan or whatever nature,” President Duterte said in a special video message released evening of July 26.
“There’s one that — ‘yung gambling machine. Keno. I said all gaming activities, ‘yung gambling that got their franchise from government through PCSO are as of today suspended or terminated because of massive corruption,” he explained.
“I have to do it. I will not honor transactions that are clearly on the side of, you know, scheming people, the Republic of the Philippines, of the money due it. Puro dayaan lahat at ‘yung mga kontrata ay parang — crafted in favor of corruption and to favor other corporations and people. I will not allow it,” he explained.