Expect lotto outlets to be closed starting today after President Rodrigo Roa Duterte declared all Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) gaming illegal.
In his video message aired via the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Friday night, Duterte said he is doing this on the grounds of alleged corruption in the PCSO.
“Pending investigation, lahat po ng laro ng lotto, STL, Peryahan ng Bayan, or whatever nature. There’s one at that, yung gambling machine… I said all gaming activities in gambling that got their franchise from government thru PCSO are, as of today, suspended or terminated because of massive corruption,” the President explained.
Apart from this, he has also nullified all the gaming permits issued by PCSO.
He added that these permits were granted “in favor of corruption” and “some large corporations”.
The President has also told the courts in the country that he will not honor any “desire” to stop them to go into massive investigations on the “massive corruption” in the PCSO.
He has instructed the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to arrest people engaged in gambling activities in connection with the franchises and licenses issued by PCSO.
Watch his full message here: