Among Ed to Juico: Shut out STL agents in Loterya or face suits


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO—Former Pampanga Governor Eddie Panlilio has asked the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to reject the applications of Small Town Lottery (STL) agents to run the PCSO Loterya ng Bayan (PLB) due to several violations, including non-issuance of receipts to bettors.

In a September 19 letter, Panlilio also warned PCSO Chairperson Margarita Juico that he would take legal action against her.

“You knew all along of the various and blatant violations of these STL authorized agents. Despite these, you have not stopped or canceled their [permits]. Your inaction clearly shows your being remiss of your duties, which is in violation of several administrative and criminal laws in this country,” said Panlilio.

Copies of the letter were sent to PCSO General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II, Internal Revenue Commissioner Kim Henares and Commission on Audit Chairperson Ma. Gracia Pulido Tan. Senator Teofisto Guingona III, chairman of the Senate blue ribbon committee, also received a copy.

At least 197 corporations and cooperatives, including 21 STL agents, are seeking permits to run the PLB, a check by the Inquirer showed.

Panlilio on Sunday said some applicants were not allowed to apply for PLB operations in areas with STL operations because PCSO officials told them that these are “already reserved” for STL agents.

On top of opposing STL since 2007 because it is being used as a cover for the illegal numbers game “jueteng,” Panlilio said government is “left in the dark as to the total proceeds earned by STL authorized agents.”

Jueteng in seven regions grossed P2.575 billion monthly, according to a report that the police submitted to the Senate. STL, on the other hand, made P9.5 billion in gross receipts from February 2006 to August 2010, PCSO officials told the Senate.

The PCSO started giving out permits for STL operations in 2005 when the game was ordered revived by former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

Panlilio said Rojas confirmed in an Oct. 14, 2010, hearing at the Senate that the planned use of handheld terminals never materialized. These are supposed to release quadruplicate copies of receipts and the number combinations where they put their bets on.

“To date, no such receipts were being issued to bettors,” Panlilo said.

He added: “To prove this fact, I personally placed a bet to an STL cobrador [collector] in Minalin, Pampanga. I was given a piece of white paper with the numbers where I placed my bet on and the amounts of bet. This is similar to the piece of yellow paper issued by a jueteng cobrador to a friend who placed the bet in July 2009.”

According to Panlilio, the non-issuance of receipts “caused undue damage and prejudice to bettors since the actual pot money cannot be determined; to the government agencies and local government units, with respect to their shares; and to the … people, with respect to the share which should have been remitted to PCSO and the taxes due from the STL authorized agents.”

Panlilio said this deprived the public of social and other health-related services that could have been financed by earnings from STL.—Tonette Orejas, Inquirer Central Luzon

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  • Anonymous

    Go ahead and make your day in the proper courts. When you said, you must do it so that whatever lapses the PCSO may have will be made public as it is now. What I would suggest is for Among ED to create his own foundation for good governance so he can be represented very well in all fora. May Among ED succeed in all his undertakings. 

  • Anonymous

    Though I admired Among Ed decisiveness to cut off totally STL in his town but Mrs. Juico could not done it alone without other govt’ agencies help. Its sad to hear that a good government servant such as Mrs. Juico is challenged by equally good former legislator as well. Among Ed should instead talk to Mrs. Juico with sobriety rather than trumpeting it in the public.We’re not perfect. Its not good.   

  • Pablo Juan

    Tama si Among!  A few months ago, I went to San Fernando and out of curiousity made a bet on STL, they’re all over the place usually just a small table with some folders and papers (unlike the cabos who just walk around with folded bet lists between their fingers)… anwyay, I was given a small slip of paper — I dont remember it to be on a pre-printed form parang may sulat lang. For all I know that could have been jeuteng afterall!

  • jose

    Among Ed is perfectly on the right tract. Juico has been more than one year in office. She’s not oblivious to the fact what Among Ed exposed. Either she lacks political will or has really no intention to eradicate jueteng. Juico must unreservedly toe the line of Pnoy of “matuwid na Landas”. Alisin ang lubak lubak sa matuwid na daan, tulad ng jueteng. My family supports Among Ed’s advocacies, for the greater glory of God. Ut unum simus.

  • Anonymous

    STL was supposed to stop Jueteng, obviously it did not, and is even used as legal cover for illegal gambling. Better to stop STL.

  • Anonymous

    Pagbalibaliktarin man, masama talaga ang sugal sa kahit anong paraan, maging jueteng,sabong,casino at kung anuaano pa. Kaya malaki ang pumapasok na pera dahil sa kultura nating mga kababayan sa sobrang pagmamahal sa pera, pagkaganid at katamaran..Pati mga instituyun na dapat nagpapahalaga sa moralidad at prinsipyo ng pag gawa ay umaayon sa sugal,tulad ng gobyerno at simbahan..silang lahat na nakikinabang sa sugal na sumira na ng maraming pamilya..

  • Guest

    maybe among ed should consult bishop cruz  to know if this kind of advocacy can be heard by the government. but what had happened really to those investigations about jueteng, stl, or whatever its name. ti is really amusing pcso. before, they say it is being legitimized, and there was even that using of IDs for their collectors and other people to impress a semblance of legality. now, no more.  the problem now  is: among ed is telling the truth, but pcso may not like the truth. truth is not gambling

  • Jacob

    with all due respect to everyone, please take time to read the Implementing Rules and Regulations of The Loterya ng Bayan and you will realize that the program is indeed laudable, provided that: the IRR be strictly followed. The issuance of bet receipts (or tickets) to bettors of loterya ng bayan will surely eradicate its semblance to jueteng. This will solve the problem of under declaration of profit. The use of hand held Point of Sale Terminals / ticket printer will ensure accuracy in accounting and auditing of income generated.  It’s going to be like selling (regular) lotto tickets door to door.   Although I am aware that this will entail a huge amount of budget on the part of PCSO and its Loterya Operators, this will finally put to rest the “fears” of the many that loterya ng bayan is going to be the same old dog with a new leash.  Also, the conduction of a nationwide draw will ensure accuracy and prevent operators from manipulating the winning combination.

    Now for the downside:  Jueteng is a poor mans’ game. Those who live in the barrios, fisher folks, farmers, small time market vendors and your ordinary day to day laborers are the usual bettors of jueteng. betting does not entail any efforts, no card to shade or fill up, no queuing, no electronic gadgets involved, BASTA TAYA KA LANG NA PABORITO MONG NUMBERS… pagikot ng kumare o kumpare mong nagpapataya..kahit nag lalaba ka o nag papakain ng manok…  simple. no fuzz. Surprisingly, even the winning combination is not published on paper or announced over the air… sa Jueteng, ang nanalong combination is disseminated like your day to day chismis…    These, in my personal opinion are the reasons why Jueteng thrives.  The simplicity of the game makes it more appealing to these group of people. NOW, did you ever think that if we  digitize this game, will it get the same support from its original market? or will they just patronize a new less complicated game?

    Nakausap ko nga yung isang fisherman na mananaya ng jueteng sa lugar namin… sabi nya:  Jueteng na may ticket? bawal din mabasa at hindi pwedeng itiklop ang ticket? wag na lang… itatago ko pa sa bahay yun..maghapon nga ako basa eh.   …makes sense. I see the point.

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