PCSO warns of Peryahan ng Bayan’s illegal, unauthorized operation

THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) warned the public against participating in the operation of “Peryahan Games or Peryahan ng Bayan.”

In a notice released April 10, 2019, the PCSO said the Peryahan ng Bayan run by Globaltech Mobile Online Corp. is unauthorized and illegal.

The PCSO cautioned that “any person caught participating in these illegal activities by financing, operating, betting, and conducting Peryahan Games or any act directly or indirectly related there from shall be held criminally liable under Republic Act 9287 and other applicable laws.”

Republic Act No. 9287 is “An Act Increasing the Penalties for Illegal Numbers Games, Amending Certain Provisions of Presidential Decree No. 1602, and for Other Purposes.”

The PCSO said Globaltech’s deed of authority expired on March 31, 2016, thus Peryahan ng Bayan is illegal.

It noted that Globaltech is no longer an entity or individual authorized by PCSO to operate Peryahan ng Bayan in any part of the country.

It was gathered that there used to be a Peryahan ng Bayan operation in Negros Occidental before.

Negros Occidental was one of the 15 areas in the country where Globaltech was allowed to operate.

But the PCSO noted some violations on its deed of authority.

In other parts of Western Visayas, no Peryahan ng Bayan existed.

The declaration to void Peryahan ng Bayan’s operation was also buoyed by Globaltech’s “under-remittance of sales due to PCSO during the experimental test run which ballooned to P506 million, including penalties, as of Jan. 23, 2019.”

Also “Peryahan games tickets/receipts are not generated using mobile handheld terminals as agreed upon with the PCSO under the implementing rules and regulations and the deed of authority.”

During the experimental test run, the PCSO only allowed three Peryahan games – Hulog Holen, Lucky Tres – Standard and Sum Side Bet, and Throw Coin Main Games.

But the PCSO noted “that these games are no longer played. Instead, Peryahan games are now similar to Small Town Lottery (STL) games and bets taken using paper bet slips which are contrary to the IRR (Implementing Rules and Regulations) and therefore, illegal.”

The PCSO is not discounting that Peryahan’s operation would scuttle the STL legal operation in the country.

Peryahan games should have been played through localized draws at respective PCSO-designated draw courts. PCSO personnel should also conduct the draws with the assistance of Globaltech personnel.

Instead, “Globaltech now conducts Peryahan draws without the supervision of PCSO personnel.”

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