President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the immediate shutdown of all games of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) due to massive corruption.
Duterte said he was ready to defy any judge who would dare to bloc his order.
Duterte ordered the military to shut down all PCSO games from lotto to small town lottery to Peryahan ng Bayan to Keno effective July 27
“Hinto lahat. that’s my order irrespective of ‘yung mga sinabi ko na court order enjoining everybody to stop or not to do or what to do especially government. Hindi ako papayag. I said I will not honor anything there,” said Duterte in a video message posted on YouTube.
“Everybody has to stop.I am ordering General (Oscar) Albayalde and the military to stop all government granted games which involve corruption. Lahat massive corruption. If i were to give my sentiment about gambling mas gusto ko mawala ito lahat. Kung meron man, I will maybe confer with the leaders of Congress,” he added.
Last month, Duterte tapped Cebu City police chief Police Colonel Royina Garma as the new general manager in place of Alexander Balutan amid corruption issues.
“I’ve offered, we’ve offered something to (tide) the people, allowing gambling and maybe it can help in the economic activity because money goes around. But if you fuck government, that’s something else. Talagang kayo ang nanghingi. Ibibigay ko sa inyo,” said Duterte.