- Pres. Rodrigo Duterte said the country is losing P20M per day due to syndicates inside PCSO
- He appointed former uniformed men to man the agency
- Most positions inside the agency are now occupied by the military and the police
As revealed by President Rodrigo Duterte, the country is losing P20 million a day due to syndicates operating inside the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
In stating this, the President said he appointed former uniformed men to lead the agency, an article published by GMA News Online mentioned.
The Chief Executive stressed that it is now noticeable that most of the positions at the PCSO are now occupied by the military and the police.
Furthermore, Pres. Duterte claimed that the previous administration allowed illegal activities such as the merging of lotto and the numbers game or jueteng.
Meanwhile, Pres. Duterte appointed retired police director Jose Jorge Corpuz as the PCSO chairman.
Another appointed officer in the position of PCSO’ general manager is retired Marines’ general Alexander Balutan, whom Duterte described as a “berdugo.”
“I had a hard time looking for guys to run it. And I could not find it in the civilian sector because I doubted their integrity and everything. So ang ginawa ko, I started to look somewhere, isa diyan si Jorge Corpuz who is a police PNP. Anong class ‘yan sa… Class ’82,” Duterte was quoted saying.
He also disclosed that another good choice was Alex Balutan, who was earlier assigned at the Bureau of Penitentiary.
“Then another one, gusto ko talagang berdugo si Alex Balutan, I assigned him doon sa Bureau of Penitentiary, pero I changed my mind because kailangan ko mas berdugo dito because itong kabila na ito, we were losing billions of pesos a year in taxes na magamit ng Pilipino,” he explained.
[We need a tough guy for the agency.]
In addition to this, he pointed out that Philippine National Police-Special Action Forces (SAF) commandos have already been manning the New Bilibid Prison.
Discussions on the small town lottery (STL), were taken up during the sixth Cabinet meeting.