PCSO chief asks PNP to intensify anti-illegal gambling campaign

MANILA-- Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office General Manager Alexander Balutan urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) to assist the agency in stamping out illegal gambling such as jueteng that continue to mess up with the monthly revenue collection of the state-run Small Town Lottery (STL).

In a statement Wednesday, Balutan said the illegal numbers game is still rampant in some areas, competing with STL games being operated by PCSO's Authorized Agent Corporations (AACs).

Balutan has reminded the PNP to fulfill its responsibility to eradicate all forms of illegal numbers game and protect the operation of STL based on a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with PCSO.

Under the MOA, the PNP agreed to step up the fight against illegal gambling. In return, the PCSO will give the PNP a share of 2.5 percent of its earnings.

To date, the PNP has received Php154 million from the PCSO.

I had hoped that the PNP would stand true to their oath to implement President Rodrigo Duterte's Executive Order No. 13, Balutan said, who is retired major general of the Philippine Marine Corps (PMC).

He said that based on PCSO's monitoring and reports from AACs, some local police officials allegedly continue to receive payolas from gambling lords who operates the illegal numbers game.

Ang nangyayari, 'yung maliliit lang gaya ng bet collector ang hinuhuli nila at hindi ang mga malalaking isda gaya ng illegal gambling financier. Kaya patuloy pa rin ang illegal na jueteng, masiao at iba pang uri ng illegal numbers game sa ibang mga lalawigan sa bansa, Balutan lamented.

Balutan also warned erring police officials to stop using gambling lords to sabotage STL operations instead of convincing these financiers to go legal.

We sincerely tried to involve them in what we believe will serve the people. Instead, they have chosen to serve crime lords, he said.

Duterte had chosen Balutan to lead PCSO instead of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) as he was earlier promised with hope that the former general who has the moniker Mandirigma in the military could help him eradicate illegal gambling in the country.

Balutan said he was very happy with his mission to help needy Filipinos and he welcomed the mission because it was a dramatic change from his 33-year career in the military.

But it doesn't mean that I have forgotten how to fight just because I retired. I feel insulted by the temerity of these people. My oath to my countrymen stands until the day I die, the general said, citing Marawi City as an example.

He said he had been to Marawi several times in his career and he could not recall any negativity because of the kindness of the Maranao people.

Now, this kind of people is suffering, that beautiful city is in ruins because of the followers of Satan. I'm trying to help them now but I am prevented from giving what I want to give. I could do so much more if not for the minions of satanic gambling lords, Balutan said.

To the gambling lords, understand this, you are my mission now and I intend to accomplish it, Balutan stressed.

He said that based on PCSO's monitoring and reports from AACs, some local police officials allegedly continue to receive payolas from gambling lords who operates the illegal numbers game.

Ang nangyayari, 'yung maliliit lang gaya ng bet collector ang hinuhuli nila at hindi ang mga malalaking isda gaya ng illegal gambling financier. Kaya patuloy pa rin ang illegal na jueteng, masiao at iba pang uri ng illegal numbers game sa ibang mga lalawigan sa bansa, Balutan lamented.

Balutan also warned erring police officials to stop using gambling lords to sabotage STL operations instead of convincing these financiers to go legal.

We sincerely tried to involve them in what we believe will serve the people. Instead, they have chosen to serve crime lords, he said.

Duterte had chosen Balutan to lead PCSO instead of the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) as he was earlier promised with hope that the former general who has the moniker Mandirigma in the military could help him eradicate illegal gambling in the country.

Balutan said he was very happy with his mission to help needy Filipinos and he welcomed the mission because it was a dramatic change from his 33-year career in the military.

But it doesn't mean that I have forgotten how to fight just because I retired. I feel insulted by the temerity of these people. My oath to my countrymen stands until the day I die, the general said, citing Marawi City as an example.

He said he had been to Marawi several times in his career and he could not recall any negativity because of the kindness of the Maranao people.

Now, this kind of people is suffering, that beautiful city is in ruins because of the followers of Satan. I'm trying to help them now but I am prevented from giving what I want to give. I could do so much more if not for the minions of satanic gambling lords, Balutan said.

To the gambling lords, understand this, you are my mission now and I intend to accomplish it, Balutan stressed.

Source: Philippines News Agency