By Genalyn Kabiling
President Duterte has authorized the lifting of the suspension of small town lottery (STL) operations provided certain conditions are met.
The conditions imposed on the STL franchise holders include payment of a three-month cash bond, payment of debts, and an issuance of waiver from pursuing lawsuit against the government, according to Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo.
The latest order of the President came almost a month since he suspended the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) gaming operations over alleged massive corruption.
“Yes, the suspension will be lifted upon compliance of certain conditions,” Panelo confirmed when asked if the President has allowed the resumption of the STL operations.
Panelo said compliant franchise holders will have to give three months deposit while those non-compliant will have to pay their arrears.
“There will be a waiver from suits. Franchise holders cannot sue,” he added.
According to Panelo, the government will soon release the rules and regulations on the resumption of the STL operations
“The effectivity will be after the publication of the implementing rules and regulations,” he added.
Panelo added that any violation of the conditions contained in the implementing rules and regulations will mean revocation of the license to operate the STL.
Late last month, President Duterte ordered the shutdown of the PCSO gaming activities after uncovering the alleged massive corruption in the agency. An investigation was also immediately launched into the alleged grand conspiracy involving major players that supposedly rob the government of revenues.
A few days later, he lifted the suspension on the operations of lotto after finding out that it was not involved in any irregularity.