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Why is PCSO supporting ‘partisan tool’ Malasakit Centers? – Lagman

Aug 23, 2019 - 1:28 PM

The House appropriations committee asks for PCSO's legal basis for supporting Malasakit Centers, a pet project of Senator Bong Go. Albay Representative Edcel Lagman says he has received complaints about Bicol Malasakit Centers.

Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go attended on Monday the launching of the Malasakit Center at the Rizal Medical Center in Pasig City, providing better access to cheap and quality healthcare among residents in dire need of government assistance. Photo courtesy of Senator Bong Go's Office

Duterte lifts ban on small town lottery but with conditions

Aug 22, 2019 - 10:05 PM

The President's order will be effective once the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office releases the new implementing rules and regulations of small town lottery

STL BAN TO BE LIFTED. A huge streamer of presidents order is seen outside of the PCSO Main Office at Saw Bldg. in Mandaluyong City on Monday. Justice Secretary Menardo Gueverra said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will look into the alleged irregularities in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), after President Rodrigo Duterte's verbal order late Friday evening. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte gets back at Gordon over ex-military appointees: ‘Mind your big belly’

Aug 01, 2019 - 10:22 PM

‘Why do you criticize me? It's my prerogative. It is not prohibited by law,’ President Rodrigo Duterte tells Senator Richard Gordon

PREROGATIVE. In this file photo, President Rodrigo Duterte salutes the reception party upon his arrival at the Jolo Airport before heading to Camp Bud Datu in Indanan, Sulu on July 15, 2019. Malacañang photo

Retired generals used dummies to operate jueteng disguised as STL – Lacson

Aug 01, 2019 - 3:17 PM

Senator Panfilo Lacson says these STL fronts did not remit billions in revenues to PCSO

LEAK. Senator Panfilo Lacson says billions of pesos are lost to STL operators, some of which are retired cops and military men. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

FALSE: COA flagged PCSO’s non-remittance to govt ‘only now’

Aug 01, 2019 - 12:28 PM

COA's findings in its 2018 annual audit report that PCSO has not remitted P8.4 billion is a 'reiteration' of its previous reports

PCSO is missing P6B from STLs, and Supreme Court may step in

Jul 31, 2019 - 4:58 PM

A 2018 PCSO audit report says 57 STL agents and 45 authorized agent corporations did not remit revenues to the agency for 2017 and 2018, resulting in shortfalls

SHUT DOWN. Members of the Philippine National Police, including NCR top cop Guillermo Eleazar (right most) immediately close PCSO establishments following President Duterte's order. NCRPO photo

PCSO lost P250 million in lotto revenues since gaming shutdown

Jul 31, 2019 - 2:26 PM

The suspension on lotto operations has since been lifted, 4 days after Duterte’s order

LOTTO GAMES RESUME. A draw coordinator start the ball rolling during the opening of the live Lotto draw at the PCSO office in Mandaluyong City on Wednesday, 31, 2019, after the president lifted the suspension of the lotto operations. Photo by DARREN LANGIT

Employee perks, non-remittance of gov't shares ailed PCSO for years

Jul 31, 2019 - 1:36 PM

By 2018, the PCSO has failed to remit to the national government dividends worth P8.4 billion

EMBATTLED. A huge streamer is seen outside the PCSO Main Office in Mandaluyong City notifying its franchisees that all gaming operations would stop following President Rodrigo Duterte's verbal order. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Duterte lifts suspension order on lotto operations

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:04 PM

(UPDATED) But other types of gaming operations like small town lottery and Peryahan ng Bayan will remain closed indefinitely, says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo

Cops started shutting down PCSO Lotto outlets in Makati City today following the order of Pres. Duterte last night. (Makati police photos)

Gordon committee to probe corruption in DOH, PCSO

Jul 30, 2019 - 7:06 PM

Senator Richard Gordon says his committee will look into 'conflict of interest' allegations against Health Secretary Francisco Duque III, and also President Rodrigo Duterte's shutdown of PCSO gaming operations

INVESTIGATION. Senator Richard Gordon says he will be leading an investigation into the alleged corruption within the Department of Health, after Senator Panfilo Lacson delivered a privilege speech on it. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

No need for written order on PCSO games shutdown – Panelo

Jul 30, 2019 - 4:46 PM

'If it's legal, you don't have to put down in writing,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo

NCRPO Regional Director Guillermo Eleazar along with QCPD Station 10 police closes down a lotto outlet along Edsa and Kamuning, Quezon City on July 27, 2019, after President Duterte declared the Lotto, STL and other online games under the PCSO as illegal. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Courtesy of Supreme Court: Everyone in PCSO intel fund scam now cleared

Jul 30, 2019 - 4:17 PM

It all started with a Lucas Bersamin ponencia in 2016 that created a domino effect in clearing all 10 officials in the P365-million intelligence fund scam

Supreme Court of the Philippines in Padre Faura, Manila. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Filipinos dependent on PCSO medical aid can turn to Pagcor, DSWD – Panelo

Jul 30, 2019 - 3:48 PM

Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo downplays the plight of poor Filipinos who depend on PCSO medical subsidies, expressing confidence that they are 'creative' enough to weather trials since they are 'used to harship'

Health secretary Francisco Duque III visits Dengue patients inside the San Lazaro Hospital in Manila on July 16, 2019, after the DOH declared a national Dengue alert following the rapid rise in cases in some provinces. Photo by Ben Nabong /Rappler

Legal issues with Duterte's PCSO gaming shutdown

Jul 30, 2019 - 3:12 PM

(UPDATED) As in many of his previous impactful policies, the shutdown is not supported by a written order, which makes it hard to legally challenge its validity

CLOSED. NCRPO Regional Director Guillermo Eleazar along with QCPD Station 10 police closes down a lotto outlet along Edsa and Kamuning, Quezon City on July 27, 2019, after President Rodrigo Duterte declared the Lotto, STL and other online games under the PCSO as illegal. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Panelo on displaced PCSO lotto workers: 'I'm sure they're not that poor'

Jul 30, 2019 - 2:09 PM

'Do not underestimate the human spirit of Filipinos. 'Pag may dumadating na storm or anumang sakuna, or anong bagsak sa ating buhay, nakakaahon naman tayo,' says Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo of the displaced workers

PALACE SPOKESMAN. In this file photo, Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo conducts his regular briefing for Palace reporters. Photo from the Facebook page of Salvador Panelo

Has corruption in PCSO franchises reached the courts?

Jul 29, 2019 - 6:07 PM

The Supreme Court orders trial courts across the country to submit reports on the status of all cases involving the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office

A huge streamer of presidents order is seen outside of the PCSO Main Office at Saw Bldg. in Mandaluyong City on Monday. Justice Secretary Menardo Gueverra said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will look into the alleged irregularities in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), after President Rodrigo Duterte's verbal order late Friday evening. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

DOLE to aid workers affected by Duterte order vs PCSO games

Jul 29, 2019 - 5:33 PM

The Department of Labor and Employment adds workers may apply for unemployment insurance from the Social Security System

CLOSED. Cops shut down PCSO Lotto outlets in Makati City on July 27, 2019 following the order of President Rodrigo Duterte. Photo from Makati police

Did stubborn PCSO employees trigger Duterte's order vs gambling?

Jul 29, 2019 - 3:39 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte's surprise order is borne of his frustration over supposedly corrupt PCSO personnel resisting their transfers to other sectors, says an insider

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the meeting with the local chief executives at The Manila Hotel on July 23, 2019. ALBERT ALCAIN/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

'Paano na mga pasyente': Netizens fear loss of medical aid with PCSO operations closure

Jul 29, 2019 - 1:14 PM

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Charity program will continue despite gaming ban – PCSO

Jul 29, 2019 - 12:00 PM

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office assures the public that medical assistance will continue ‘unless otherwise instructed’

Lotto outlets in Quezon City closed shop on Saturday, July 27, 2019, after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered on July 26, all gaming activities that got their franchise from government through PCSO suspended or terminated because of corruption in the charity institution. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

No papers yet for lotto closure, says lessor Pacific Online

Jul 29, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Listed firm Pacific Online says it still has no information on the suspension of PCSO gaming operations beyond public statements of President Rodrigo Duterte and the PCSO

Duterte verbal order enough for PCSO closures, arrests – PNP

Jul 29, 2019 - 10:56 AM

(UPDATED) 'There are several ways of giving directives. And verbal directive is one. That’s binding,' says Philippine National Police chief Oscar Albayalde

CLOSED. NCRPO Regional Director Guillermo Eleazar along with QCPD Station 10 police closes down a lotto outlet along Edsa and Kamuning, Quezon City on July 27, 2019, after President Duterte declared the Lotto, STL and other online games under the PCSO as illegal. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Double whammy: Isko Moreno revokes PCSO's permits in Manila

Jul 29, 2019 - 9:13 AM

If PCSO establishments in Manila operate, they will no longer just go against President Duterte's order, they will also be illegally operating without the proper permits

IN COMMAND. Isko Moreno Domagoso holds a press briefing inside the Manila City Hall on July 23. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Nancy Binay to PNP: Why waste time closing lotto outlets?

Jul 28, 2019 - 7:30 PM

'Instead of wasting their time in closing down lotto outlets, bakit 'di nila pagdiskitahan habulin at hulihin ang mga nasa wanted list nila, o 'yung mga insidente ng patayan sa Negros?' says Senator Nancy Binay

Cops started shutting down PCSO Lotto outlets in Makati City today following the order of Pres. Duterte last night. (Makati police photos)

PCSO gaming shutdown an exercise of police power – Guevarra

Jul 28, 2019 - 4:10 PM

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra orders an NBI probe and says PCSO games may not resume until the investigation is done

'CLOSED.' Police shuts down a lottery outlet in Quezon City on Saturday, July 27, after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a shutdown of all PCSO gaming operations. Makati police photo

Northern Mindanao police close 1,900 PCSO gaming outlets

Jul 28, 2019 - 2:11 PM

The Philippine National Police in Northern Mindanao closes 1,386 small town lotteries, 208 lotto establishments, and 306 Peryahan ng Bayan

GAMING SHUT DOWN. Cops begin shutting down PCSO Lotto outlets in Makati City. File photos from Makati Police

Duterte declares lotto, STL, other PCSO games illegal

Jul 27, 2019 - 12:05 AM

(UPDATED) 'I said all gaming activities, gambling, that got their franchise from government through PCSO are, as of today, suspended or terminated because of massive corruption,' the President says in a televised message

ILLEGAL. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the stoppage of all gaming schemes operated, licensed, and franchised by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. Screenshot from RTVM

COA flags PCSO for waiving P1.43-B claim from small town lottery operators

Jul 11, 2019 - 1:45 PM

'The Board of Directors of the PCSO has no authority to condone or waive valid claims by the PCSO,' says the Commission on Audit

Cebu City police chief Garma appointed PCSO general manager

Jun 24, 2019 - 10:20 PM

Royina Garma says she has opted for early retirement from police service to take up the post as a civilian

ASCENSION. President Rodrigo appoints Police Colonel Royina Garma General Manager of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office. 2018 RTVM screenshot.

Lone bettor wins P12 million in 6-Digit Lotto

Jun 09, 2019 - 2:06 PM

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office says no one won the Grand Lotto 6/55 jackpot worth P30 million

JACKPOT. The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office draws a winner in the 6-digit lotto. File photo by Rappler

PCSO to release P6.5 million to earthquake-hit Pampanga, Zambales

Apr 29, 2019 - 8:05 PM

The total death toll from the earthquake has reached 18, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council

AFTERMATH. In this file photo, rescuers look for victims from a collapsed supermarket in Porac, Pampanga, on April, 23, a day after a magnitude 6.1 earthquake on April 22. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Panelo takes it back: Balutan resigned

Mar 11, 2019 - 6:51 PM

Malacañang says President Duterte's office received the resignation letter of PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan only after the Palace announcement that he was fired

PCSO Gen. Manager Alexander Balutan during congress hearing on the Investigation into alleged irregularities at the PCSO regarding the operation of STL, issuance of permit to Authorized Agency Corporations and shortfall in the collection of STL revenues accruing to the government. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Ex-PCSO general manager Balutan denies corruption allegations

Mar 09, 2019 - 11:45 AM

'Career for me is just temporary but character is lifetime...even beyond my grave,' says sacked PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan

EX-PCSO GENERAL MANAGER. Former PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan says he has not done anything to taint his character. File photo from Presidential Photo

Duterte fires PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan

Mar 08, 2019 - 5:26 PM

(UPDATED) But a PCSO spokesman insists Balutan 'opted to resign for personal reasons'

Resource person PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan testifies before the House Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability Investigation into Cam's allegations of lavish expenditure on the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office's (PCSO) Christmas Party and into the alleged misuse of funds of the PCSO as well as the various charges of corruption and anomalies on Tuesday, February 13, 2018. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Bettor from Cebu City wins P239-million lotto jackpot

Jan 22, 2019 - 10:09 PM

A lone bettor who bought his ticket in SM City Cebu wins the P239-million Grand Lotto 6/55 jackpot

CA upholds Australian firm's right to 50-year PCSO thermal paper supply deal

Jan 20, 2019 - 4:40 PM

The Court of Appeals denies the motion for reconsideration filed by Philippine Gaming Management Corporation and rules in favor of TMA

PCSO: 'Peryahan ng Bayan' not authorized to use our logo

Dec 28, 2018 - 5:47 PM

STL operators are complaining that the unauthorized Peryahan ng Bayan operation is affecting their revenue

PCSO charity assistance drops to less than half

Dec 12, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Because of budget constraints, the PCSO can only grant less than 5 of 10 requests from financial help

NBI nabs 57 bet collectors of illegal 'Peryahan' stations in QC

Nov 16, 2018 - 11:35 PM

The 'kubradores' or bet collectors work for Globaltech, whose license to operate was revoked by PCSO in 2016

Bettor from Naga City wins P30 million lotto jackpot

Nov 07, 2018 - 10:00 PM

A lone bettor who bought his ticket in Naga City wins P30 million Lotto 6/42 jackpot

Both Ultra Lotto winners claim blockbuster winnings at PCSO

Oct 23, 2018 - 7:02 PM

The PCSO says the winners from Eastern Samar and Albay have claimed separately their multi-million peso winning checks

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2 win P1.18-billion Ultra Lotto jackpot

Oct 14, 2018 - 10:11 PM

The jackpot for October 14, 2018, is the biggest in lotto history in the country

Ultra Lotto jackpot exceeds P1 billion; PCSO says even foreigners can win

Oct 08, 2018 - 3:37 PM

PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan says anyone above 18 years old can win the historic billion-peso Ultra Lotto jackpot

Bettors queue for the Ultra lotto 6/58 on a lotto outlet in Quaipo, Manila with the jackpot prize P 795 million pesos on Sunday's draw the largest prize in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s history. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Supreme Court: PCSO free to bid out online lottery

Oct 03, 2018 - 3:07 PM

The High Court junks the claim of of a private gaming company that it has exclusive contractual rights over the government project

ONLINE LOTTERY. The Supreme Court grants the PCSO's petition to bid out its nationwide online lottery system.

LIST: Biggest lotto jackpots won in PH

Oct 02, 2018 - 8:37 PM

The biggest Filipino lotto winner to date is a balikbayan from Olongapo City who won the whopping P741-million Grand Lotto jackpot in 2010

Do you feel lucky? Ultra Lotto jackpot now over P800 million

Oct 01, 2018 - 7:16 PM

With the prize money breaching the P800-million mark, this is the PCSO's richest lotto draw

Supreme Court ’nipped in the bud’ Arroyo’s plunder case – Morales

Jul 24, 2018 - 4:29 PM

Arroyo rises to the position of House Speaker, but she is not entirely in the clear because a pending case remains at the Ombudsman

Congresswoman Gloria Macapagal Arroyo during the 3rd State of the nation address at the House of representatives in Quezon city. Photo by Mary Grace dela Serna/Rappler

Ombudsman Morales on big losses: I don’t quantify success

Jun 30, 2018 - 6:28 PM

‘The lesson to learn is to never think that you are infallible,’ says retiring Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

LEGACY. Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales says her legacy is restoring the credibility of the Office of the Ombudsman. Photo by Rappler

Sandiganbayan acquits Rosario Uriarte of plunder in PCSO intel fund scam case

May 17, 2018 - 1:01 PM

Former PCSO general manager Rosario Uriarte is off the hook, eliminating the P366-million intel fund scam which was a highlight in the term of Ombudsman Conchita Carpio Morales

PCSO SCAM. Only the plunder case against former PCSO general manager Rosario Uriarte is pending with the anti-graft court.