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Pimentel calls for new PCSO probe



Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III. MATIKAS SANTOS/INQUIRER.net/FILE PHOTO

Officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) under the Aquino administration would be called to the Senate to explain the alleged violation of its exclusive leasing agreement with a Malaysian conglomerate after the agency signed a contract with another company without public bidding.

Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III, chairman of the Senate committee on games and amusements, said the probe was necessary as the charge hurled by Malaysian conglomerate Berjaya was “very serious.”

Pimentel said Berjaya Philippines made a disclosure to the Philippine Stock Exchange (PSE) that its subsidiary had authorized the filing of “criminal, civil and administrative cases against the state-owned PCSO.”

The senator quoted a resolution from Berjaya Philippines’ subsidiary, Philippine Gaming Management Corp. (PGMC), saying it had authorized its president, Paulino Soo, to file the lawsuit against the PCSO.

Pimentel’s office said Berjaya Philippines and the PCSO, the lessee, had an agreement under which PGMC, as the exclusive provider, leased to the state gaming firm its specialized lottery equipment for PCSO’s online lottery in Luzon.

Under the agreement, PGMC is the sole provider or exclusive source of lottery equipment for Luzon until its expiration in August 2015.

In its complaint to the PSE on June 1, Berjaya Philippines said “the PCSO and Pacific Online entered into an agreement allowing Pacific Online to lease to PCSO lottery equipment for PCSO’s online lottery operations in Luzon.”

Pacific Online Systems Corp. is a unit of leisure estate and gaming firm, Belle Corp. It leases to PCSO the equipment for its online lottery operations in the Visayas and Mindanao.

Pimentel said the popularity of lotto, which is managed by the PCSO, pushed him to “also look into the integrity of all lotto games.” Cathy Yamsuan


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  • UrHONOR

    SIGE…..birahin-ng-birahin ang lahat ng pinaghihinalaang katiwalian sa pamahalaan.  Ke-PNoy men o sinupaman, walang dapat na kinikilingan sa mga panahong ito ng paglilinis. Nakakatuwa ang mga pangyayari dahil marami ng mga Pinoy, officials at non-officials,  elected or appointed, ang sumasalii sa pagpapalis ng mga kawalang-hiyaan sa bayan.  Tulad lang ng PCSO na yan, kung mapatunayan na may ginawang kabalbalan ang mga namumuno sa ahensyang yan, PATALSIKIN kaagad at kasuhan sa Ombudsman para maparusahan ng lubusan.  Natitiyak ko na ang susunod na mamumuno dyan ay magiging tapat na at matino.

    • Rolly257

      Tingnan ding mabuti na walang hokus pocus sa bolahan ng winning numbers.

      • batangpaslit

        hehehe…
        maka pusta nga, baka mapasama pa sa hocus pocus di panalo na

      • UrHONOR

        TAMA…tingnang mabuti ang lahat ng angulo sa imbistigasyon at walang kahit na anupamang takipan ang magaganap.

    • batangpaslit

      wala nang gloves
      naka Honor Roll na ang mga detalya
      banat
      honorable pa naman na ID, sayang lang kung di magamit honorably
      hehehe…

      • UrHONOR

        OO nga, batangpaslit, honorable ang titulo pero ang ginagawa ay kabaliktaran ng titulo.  Importanteng-importante na ma-follow-up ang lahat ng imbistigasyon na ito sa tulong ng lahat na mamamayan.  Sayang ang momentum kung magkakaroon ng lapses.  Ito na sana yong pinakahihintay nating critical mass na kung ano ay ang lahat ng mga kababayan na naghahangad ng malinis at matinong bansa ay makakaranas, sa wakas, ng matuwid at makatarungang pamahalaan.

      • batangpaslit

        Ur Honor…..kung meron lang na 10% na botanteng Filipino ang may kagaya mong pananaw, there will be change—change for the better ang bansang tinubuan natin.
        Hindi ko nga mawari bakit may mga taong gustong magkamal ng malaking salapi na di naman nila pinaghirapan?
        Ipalagay na nating tumataggap sila ng PhP1 MILLION buwan-buwan,
        maubos ba nila ‘yon sa basic needs: groceries, utilities, schooling?
        Hay…ang lungkot isipin.

      • TGM_ERICK

        JS. tama ka. Di madadala sa hukay kaya ang kayamang materyal. :-)

      • batangpaslit

        wishful thinking ito Kabayan. but i’ll lose nothing anyway:
        kung ang pag iisip mo ay pag iisip din ng mga nasilaw sa kayamanan….pilak, siguro, mabawasan ang pag kurakot ng karamihan sa ating gobyerno at kalakaran.
        mitsa pa nga ang sobrang yaman. dahil nag-aaway ang mga magkapatid, mag-ina, at mag kamag-anak.
        kung lahat ng Filipino ay makinabang sa proceeds ng Jueteng, hindi ako tutol sa larong ‘yan. ‘di na maalis eh. ang tinutukoy ko, kung ang kita sa Jueteng ay ilagak sa schoarship, grant in aid to studeents, sa Medicare, sa emergency managemeng, dagdag sueldo sa public school teachers sangayon pa ako, dahil kahit hindi ako palo sa sugal, pero, nakinabangan naman ng lahat hindi lang si General o si Congressman, o si Governor, o si Seccretary.
        Lahat na Filipino dapat makinabang…

      • TGM_ERICK

        Tama ka riyan. Lahat ng nangangailangan ay dapat makabiyaya sa jueteng at mangyayar lang to kung gagawin itong ligal. :-)

      • UrHONOR

        GANUN din sa iyo batangpaslit.  KUNG SANA magsama-sama lang ang may magaganda at mabubuting kaisipan para sa ikauunlad ng bayan, hindi maglalaon at uusad din tayo bilang isang bansa tungo sa malinis at matapat na pagkikipag-kapwa tao sa isa’t isa.  Naniniwala ako na maganda at mabuti ang hangarin ng ating mga kabayan, ngunit ang ilang mga bulok at bugok nating mga kabayan na walang-sawa ang kasibaan sa pang-aangkin ng mga matiryal na bagay na hindi naman tunay na kanila ang sumisira at yumuyurak sa hibla ng ating angking kabutihan.  Sa sandlaing napalis at nasipa na ang mga UNDESIRABLES na yan, napipiho na gagayahin ng nakakarami kung ano ang makakabuti sa tanan nating kababayan.

  • Jeremiah_CheGuevara

    good move

  • wawa2172

    I guess Koko is doing a service to the Filipino people na. He attended Miriam’s hearing on Puno despite the snub of his fellow senators. Now he want’s PCSO to be investigated over the  new anomalies on transactions it entered into. Koko should also go after the classmate of Noy at Pagcor. Naguiat alliance with a japanese investor that treated his family a first class family accommodation in Macau. Ito yata ang style nang mga tao ni Pnoy, like Puno with family toured Tel Aviv and had an ocular inspection of arm factory that bid for the sale of guns to the PNP. Going back to Koko, check on the government anomalies and you are going great kahit tao ni Pnoy ginigisa mo. Kahit mag kalaban kayo ni Migz sa politika…I will vote for you kasi taga Mindanao kayo.

    • batangpaslit

      hehehe…
      very loyal Mindanaon eh?

  • Love God

    keep up the check and balance tight.

    If we will not do close monitoring, there will be room for corruption..

    At least now they publish winners location and circumstances. Before there was ghost winners of lotto jackpot. 

    • batangpaslit

      tama

  • wakats

    Go ahead Koko.  If it’s true the PCSO has already leasing agreements with Berjaya Phls.  to lease its lotto equipment for luzon, any violation of the said leasing agreements would not look good for other foreign investors.

    Our credibility and reliability to honor commercial contracts would be detrimental to the program to entice foreign investments to come in.

    PNoy’s men will surely be involved – and we look forward to this scenario… 

    • batangpaslit

      right on…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QZZKXPEA67I7HELEIYM35QVYFA Jon

    STL, front para sa Jueteng.
    Sinong namamahala nito?
    Malamang kasabwat din ang PSCO sa aberyang ito.
    Kaya imbestigahan ng husto ang PSCO para malaman ang totoong lagay ng STL at Jueteng.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WSWF6DV7YJBJQY2TT2RFEBRISU PCSO

    Hindi nyo ba napapansin na maraming nagsusulputang lotto outlet na parang kabute na halos dikit-dikit na? Alam nilang hindi na kumikita pero aprub pa rin sila ng aprub kasi marami pa ring nalolokong pinoy. Sayang kasi ang Annual Bond Insurance per outlet baka mayroong silang commision. Sayang din ang terminal (machine) commision. Biro mo 10% pala kumpara sa 4.75% para sa mga agent. Baka may share sila. Please pa-investigate na rin nito.

  • http://twitter.com/JuanTamadachij Juan Tamadachij

    Expect more of these kinds of exposes, irregardless of whether they are with or without  bases.. Its election time after all..

  • surrey09

    I always thought Senators & Congressmen were Legislators & not Investigators. They should quit being Legislators & apply for the NBI & Police if all they do is investigate “in aid of election.” 



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