Isko follows Duterte, orders withdrawal of mayor's permits for gaming outlets

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 29 2019 09:17 AM | Updated as of Jul 29 2019 01:31 PM

Photo courtesy of Manila Public Information Office

(UPDATE) Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno' Domagoso is following the marching orders of President Rodrigo Duterte to shut down gaming outlets operated by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) due to "massive corruption." 

In a televised announcement via Facebook, Moreno said he is ordering the City of Manila's business license office to withdraw business licenses and mayor's permits for all lotto, small-town lottery and other gaming activities under the PCSO in Manila. 

“Bilang pagsunod sa national policy na ito, ngayong araw na ito ay inaatasan ko ang business license office na kaagad na i-withdraw ang business licenses at mayor’s permits sa lahat ng Lotto, STL, at iba pang gaming activities sa ilalim ng PCSO,” he said.

(In accordance with this national policy, I order Manila's business license office to immediately withdraw business licenses and mayor's permits of all lotto, STL and other gaming activities under the PCSO.)

"Ang kautusang ito ay mananatili habang umiiral ang bagong national policy sa operasyon ng Lotto, STL, at iba pang activities ng PCSO."

(This order will remain until the new national policy on the operations of lotto, STL and other PCSO activities is in effect.)

He added the city government will also withdraw business and mayor's permits for online sabong (cockfight) operations in Manila if proven that these are operating without franchises from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation. 

Police have shut down a total of 21,173 lotto stores and gaming outlets in the country Sunday after President Duterte ordered the suspension of operations of all gaming schemes granted by PCSO such as lotto, Peryahan ng Bayan, small town lottery (STL), and Keno due to "massive corruption."

"Puro dayaan lahat. At 'yung mga kontrata ay parang crafted in favor of corruption and to favor other corporations and people. I will not allow it," the President said. 

--With a report from Isay Reyes, ABS-CBN News