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President Duterte Declares All Games Under PCSO, Including Lotto, Illegal

He said he has decided on this because of “massive corruption.”

  • The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office is the entity that is responsible for Sweepstakes, Lotto, and other games where people would place a bet, hoping to get the winning numbers and win the jackpot prizes
  • On the night of July 26, 2019, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered that all gaming and gambling activities under PCSO are deemed “illegal”
  • He said he had “no choice” but to make the decision because of “massive corruption”

Manila, Philippines – Whenever a person mentions the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, or PCSO, the first thing that comes to their mind is Lotto. PCSO, after all, is the one responsible for it, along with Sweepstakes, and other gaming and gambling events. People would place their bets on any of the games, whether it is Lotto or such, and hope that they hit the lucky numbers so they can win money.

President Duterte deems all gaming activities from PCSO illegal
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office logo

PCSO is directly supervised by the Office of the President. They are also responsible for raising funds for health programs, medical assistance, etc.

Friday night, July 26, 2019, a video was posted on the Presidential Communications Facebook page. It was an address coming from President Rodrigo Duterte himself, where he has announced that starting tomorrow, he wants to have all games and gambling activities that are from PCSO to be suspended or terminated.

President Duterte deems all gaming activities from PCSO illegal
President Duterte orders the suspension or termination of all games and gambling activities by PCSO. Image credit: Presidential Communications (Government of the Philippines)/Facebook

He is giving 24 hours starting Saturday, July 27, 2019, to stop all gaming and gambling activities that are handled by PCSO.

Such games and activities include:

  • Sweepstakes Draw
  • National Lottery, or commonly called Lotto
  • Small Town Lotteries (STL)
  • Scratch-It scratch cards
  • Online Keno

In the video, he personally ordered the Philippine National Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines to arrest anyone that will be caught playing the games and activities that is connected to PCSO.

President Duterte deems all gaming activities from PCSO illegal
A Lotto outlet, where people place their bets in hopes of winning the jackpot.

He said his reason for his decision is because of the “massive corruption” that is within the said corporation. He also said that he had no choice and that PCSO “was asking for it.”

He also said he will not honor any court order that is related to the investigation of the massive corruption.

It should be noted that the order is only for games and activities under PCSO. Casinos are not affected as they are under PAGCOR.

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Also read: SONA 2019 FULL TRANSCRIPT: President Duterte’s 4th State of the Nation Address

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