ROXAS CITY, Capiz—A concerned citizen here urged the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office(PCSO) to conduct an investigation on the alleged anomalous operation of Small Town Lottery(STL) in Capiz, particularly in Roxas City.
The same concerned citizen also asked the Department of Interior and Local Government(DILG) to look into the status of an incumbent village chief in Roxas City where he also acts as STL supervisor which could be a potential case of conflict of interest and double compensation.
In a press statement dated April 14, 2018, the concerned citizen said that he was saddened by the plight of hapless STL bet collectors or “koredores” who earn P150 to P200 per day while the punong barangay involved who works as STL supervisor earns P20,000 to P30,000 daily.
The STL office and betting station is located at Brgy. Lawaan here.
“I am a simple resident of a town who has a little knowledge about the lottery operation. I could no longer take the anomalous STL operation here, more particularly the officials behind,” he said.
The complainant claimed that the STL supervisor takes a cut from the cash prize of STL winners.
“Because of the sharing system, this supervisor has a lot of money that he could be able to buy several cars for his personal advantage,” complainant added.
The also questioned the background of the authorized STL operator here while noting the absence of Commission on Audit (COA) representatives and live media coverage of the daily draws.
“It’s a very clear that there was a violation on the implementing rules and procedures of the PCSO, so I am appealing to the concerned government agencies to take action on this so that justice will be given to our poor and hapless bet collectors in Capiz,” he added.