Senator Nancy Binay today, July 28 said in a statement that the Philippine National Police (PNP) should stop wasting man hours and resources in closing down lotto outlets and instead redirect their energies to more important police matters.
“Instead of wasting their time in closing down lotto outlets, bakit di nila pagdiskitahan habulin at hulihin ang mga nasa wanted list nila, o yung mga insidente ng patayan sa Negros? Mobilizing the police force to quell gambling activities over investigating deaths of unarmed civilians only shows the PNP’s misplaced sense of priority,” Senator Binay said.
On evening of July 27, President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the stoppage of games under the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on grounds of massive corruption.
“Sa totoo lang, offline na lahat ng lotto outlets at na-shutdown na ang main servers noong Biyernes pa lang. Kaya, there’s no point for police operatives to padlock non-operational betting stations that are already out of business. Medyo overkill at OA na yun,” Binay said.
“Please veer away from the theatrics. Let the full force of the law crush down on hardened criminals, drug lords, and murderers. Ano ba ang kailangan mas i-prioritize ng PNP–ang pag-padlock ng lotto outlets, o pagsugpo ng krimen? Place the highest priority on going after criminals,” she added.