February 01, 2017
By: Louine Hope Conserva
ILOILO Gov. Arthur Defensor wants higher shares for local government units and the PNP from the charity fund of Small Town Lottery (STL) operations in the province.
Defensor raised this concern to the incorporators of Eagle-Crest Gaming and Holding Corp., the firm that bagged the STL franchise to operate Iloilo.
The incorporators led by Chief Operations Officer Samuel Aguilar met with Defensor in a courtesy call afternoon of Jan. 31, 2017.
Defensor said that under the new Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on STL operations, the share of the province was reduced from 5 percent to less than one percent.
Under the new IRR, the share of the host city or municipality is 3 percent; congressional district is 0.25 percent; provincial government, 0.75 percent; PNP, 2.50 percent.
Defensor said the low revenue shares could “demoralize” the police and local government units (LGU).
“I suggested that they review the new IRR. Siling ko ngaa tama gid ka-dyutay sang share sang LGU kag PNP sa charity fund? Ti siling ko ma-low morale sina ang police kag ang mayor. Nali kun pabay-an na lang nila ang ilegalista sa ila banwa tungod tama man ka dyutay share sang munisipyo. And they said they will take a look at it,” he said.
Defensor said he does not know whether his appeal will be granted as it will depend on the PCSO board.
The governor also questioned why the prerogative of the mayor and governor to issue a certificate of no objection to STL operations in their turfs was removed.
He said that whether he likes it or not, the firm will operate in the province.
“May sulat sa akon ang board nga sila gin-approve mag-operate sa province…Masugot ko kag indi ma-operate man na sila ya gyapon. So wala na kami ya magmangkutanay kun sugot ko or indi ah. Bahala na sila ya,” he said.
Defensor said he also did not bother asking the names of the incorporators.
He said only Aguilar introduced himself as well as a certain Atty. Manases Reyes Carpio, the husband of Davao City Mayor and presidential daughter Sara Duterte.
Carpio is not among the incorporators.
“Indi man ko interesado mag-hibalo sang ngalan nila mo,” the governor said.
In an interview with Capitol reporters, Aguilar said they aim to operate in February.
“We are planning to do it before the end of the month. We still have to do our timeline to prepare whatever it is to be prepared,” he said.
He said they still need to arrange their headquarters, staff, and employees.
Their likely base of operations is Sta. Barbara town.
But Aguilar said he has yet to meet Mayor Dennis Superficial.
“After this conversation with the governor we will start our visit with the local,” he said.
Eagle-Crest Gaming and Holding Corp. has the following incorporators:
Samuel R. Aguilar of Villa Francisca Subdivision, Barangay Bolong Oeste, Sta. Barbara;
Marie Mae O. Aguilar of 6 Hilosky Street, Santos Village 3, Zapote, Las Pinas City;
Jose Darrel M. Balogo of CA Greenworld Subd., Guzman-Jesena St., Mandurriao, Iloilo City;
Noel L. Go of 9 & 11 Anaros Village, Guzman, Mandurriao, Iloilo City; and
Darell D. Pinuela of Blk 14, Loy 8 Had, Fe Country Homes, Brgy. Sambag, Zarraga, Iloilo.