Filipino President Rodrigo Duterte has now reversed this decision less than five days after the order issued by the Philippine Anti-Contest Authority (PCSO) to suspend all operations.
According to reports from GGRAsia and Inside Asian Gaming, PCSO is under the direct supervision of the Office of the President and is responsible for conducting a wide range of lottery, keno, scratch card and horse racing games for the benefit of numerous social welfare programs.
President Duterte had ordered the state-run operator to open shutters on Friday afternoon, although he claimed it was a hotbed of “massive corruption” and cheated the country of millions in revenue. He then said that PCSO would not be allowed to resume business until the country’s National Investigation Bureau has completed an official investigation into allegations of corruption and fraud.
However, according to Salvador Panelo, spokesman for the president of Inside Asian Gaming, this suspension was lifted after the aforementioned investigation “found no anomalies in the implementation of the project” and found that the “sanctity of PCSO with the applicable rules is not in Was brought into line with rules followed. ‘
Allegedly read a statement from Panelo …
“According to the advice of executive secretary Salvador Medialdea, the suspension of the lottery operations was suspended by the president. Franchisees and lottery outlet operators can now resume their business. The suspension of the suspension of the lottery operation will be effective immediately. “
GGRAsia reported that because of the U-turn around 5,000 PCSO outlets are able to play games again, although the President’s spokesman said that the ban on indefinite-time non-computerized “small town lottery” systems, which may be more susceptible to manipulation, is fraud.