MANILA - Small town lottery operations have yet to resume in the country even after President Rodrigo Duterte lifted the suspension order against the numbers game, a Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Official said Tuesday.
STL operators have yet to comply with the conditions earlier set by government, PCSO General Manager Royina Garma told members of the House Committee on Games and Amusements.
"We have not yet issued any certification for them to resume their operations. Walang STL dapat na nag-o-operate dito sa ating bansa," she said.
In July, Duterte suspended all games under the PCSO due to alleged corruption in the agency, particularly in the operations of STL and "Peryahan ng Bayan."
The suspension against STL was lifted last week, but operators have to comply with several conditions before they can receive a new permit from the government.
The conditions are as follows:
1. The authorized agent corporations (AACs) must deposit with the PCSO a cash bond equivalent to 3 months of PCSO’s share in the guaranteed minimum monthly receipts (GMMRR) on top of their existing cash bonds.
2. Upon failure to timely and fully remit their receipts during the duration of their operations, the agency’s cash bond equivalent to 3 months of the PCSO’s share in the GMMRR shall be automatically forfeited in favor of PCSO without prejudice to the other remedies that may be exercised by the government.
3. Each AAC shall execute a written undertaking that it shall comply with its obligations under the agency agreement and will not institute any claims monetary or otherwise against the government and/or apply for TRO or injunction from any court to prevent government from exercising its rights and prerogatives.
4. The STL agency agreement shall automatically be terminated upon violation of conditions of their franchise and/or any of the above conditions without prejudice to the other remedies that may be exercised by the government.
The PCSO earlier said it is eyeing the possibility of automating STL operations to curb illegal payoffs and kickbacks from the game.
"We’re going into automation to be able to get the exact sales and we are studying the possibility [of] how we will implement this the soonest possible time," Garma said.