BACOLOD CITY – The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) ordered the closure of a lottery outlet here on April 16 but the team sent to implement the order did not have the proper documents to enforce it.
Manuel Fraginal Sr., PCSO Executive Assistant IV and concurrent Inter-Branch Security Monitoring head, said the Peryahan Draw Center on Burgos-Lacson Streets here is “no longer authorized thus illegal.”
Fraginal cited a certification that PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan issued on Feb. 27, which declared all Peryahan ng Bayan operations in the country “unauthorized and illegal.”
Balutan issued the order after the Regional Trial Court Branch 161 in Pasig City, Metro Manila denied Global Tech Mobile Online Corp.’s appeal for a writ of preliminary injunction on Oct. 13, 2017.
Global Tech operates all Peryahan centers in the Philippines.
The one in Bacolod operated in 2014 (previously located along Hilado Street) but in the same year, PCSO terminated its operation. It resumed its business on Burgos-Lacson streets in March 2018.
Fraginal said Peryahan violated Republic Act 9287 which increased the penalties for illegal numbers games. Peryahan also owes the government P100 million.
But Peryahan Provincial Administrator Lito Estember said they won’t close the center and would wait for the advice of their legal counsel Marvin Tañada.