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[OPINION] No such thing as a free lunch: The Filipino 'libre' culture

Jul 13, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Has the Filipino tradition of gift-giving and treating friends and family gone too far?

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

Miss Universe Philippines franchise stays with Bb Pilipinas – report

Feb 23, 2019 - 5:50 PM

The Miss Universe Organization also says it will be working with Chavit Singson's group

Catriona Gray homecoming

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

Zimbabwe police erect road blocks to hunt protesters

Jan 20, 2019 - 8:56 AM

The police says the road blocks are aimed to catch suspected looters and recover property stolen during the protests

PROTEST. Zimbabwean anti-riot police forces watch men, arrested during violent protests triggered by a sudden rise in fuel prices announced by Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa for their hearing at the Law Court in the capital Harare, on January 16, 2019. Photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Miss Universe PH franchise still with Bb Pilipinas

Jan 03, 2019 - 5:13 PM

'It's still with us,' BPCI chairperson Stella Araneta tells reporters

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


LOOK: TNT Boys wow in Singapore charity ball

Oct 15, 2018 - 4:24 PM

The talented trio does it again!

No less than Singapore President Halimah Yacob was in the audience. Photo courtesy of ABS-CBN Corporate Communications

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

Miss World Philippines 2018 Charity Gala review

Oct 06, 2018 - 10:30 AM

Voltaire Tayag gives a summary of the performances, plus the Top Model fast track

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.

LIVE UPDATES: Miss World Philippines 2018 Charity Gala Night

Oct 02, 2018 - 9:16 PM

Which candidate will shine tonight? Tune in as we catch the show live.

File photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Sandiganbayan: Enough evidence vs ex-PCSO execs in illegal perks case

Aug 05, 2018 - 5:25 PM

Former officials Rosario Uriarte, Jose Taruc V, and Fatima Valdes are accused of accepting all-expenses paid trips to Australia from a private contractor

PCSO PERKS CASE. The Sandiganbayan rules that "if unrebutted," the evidence supports a guilty verdict against against three former executives of the PCSO in an illegal perks case.

India orders all Mother Teresa care homes inspected

Jul 17, 2018 - 1:11 PM

(UPDATED)The government directive comes after police earlier this month arrested a nun and a worker at one of the Missionaries of Charity order's homes over allegations that at least 5 infants were sold for potentially thousands of dollars

SUSPECT. An Indian nun (center) with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity hides her face as she sits outside a court under police protection before a hearing on child trafficking charges in Ranchi, in India's eastern Jharkhand state. AFP Photo

Mother Teresa charity shocked after India babies 'sold'

Jul 06, 2018 - 8:28 PM

'It is against our moral convictions. We are carefully looking into the matter. We will take all the necessary precautions that this kind of incident never happens again,' a statement from the Missionaries of Charity organization says.

BABY SELLING. An Indian nun with Mother Teresa's Missionaries of Charity hides her face as she sits outside a court under police protection before a hearing on child trafficking charges in Ranchi, in India's eastern Jharkhand state, on July 5, 2018.  Photo by AFP

Mother Teresa's charity sold babies – Indian police

Jul 05, 2018 - 11:31 PM

Police say the infant was sold to a family in neighbouring Uttar Pradesh state for $1,700 by the two suspects

Italy defiant as migrant ship stranded in Mediterranean

Jun 23, 2018 - 9:41 PM

Malta – which is also refusing to take in the boat in a new diplomatic standoff with Italy – nevertheless says it had sent in humanitarian supplies

MIGRANTS. This handout picture obtained on June 22, 2018 from the German NGO 'Mission Lifeline' shows migrants on an inflatable boat boarding the Lifeline sea rescue boat at sea on June 21, 2018. Photo by Hermine Poschmann/Mission Lifeline/AFP

After backlash over viral video, Gretchen Barretto and friends apologize

Jun 10, 2018 - 10:15 PM

Gretchen, along with friends Mimi Que and Patty Pineda, say sorry via Instagram live over a June 6 video that went viral

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.

PCSO reports P15.98 billion revenue in 1st quarter of 2018

Apr 28, 2018 - 8:06 PM

The amount represents the combined revenue from all Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office products, namely Lotto, Keno, Sweepstakes, and Small Town Lottery

Bono sorry after bullying claims at ONE charity

Mar 11, 2018 - 9:19 PM

'To discover last November that there were serious and multiple allegations of bullying in our office in Johannesburg left me and the ONE board reeling and furious,' says Bono

SORRY. Bono apologizes to the public after learning about bullying incidents in his ONE charity. Photo by AFP

UNICEF number two faced complaints at Save The Children

Feb 22, 2018 - 9:34 AM

The UN children's agency says it is unaware that its deputy director faced complaints of inappropriate behavior toward female staff before hiring him two years ago

FACING COMPLAINTS. In this file photo, UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Justin Forsyth speaks during a UNICEF media briefing at UNICEF House September 6, 2016 in New York. Bryan R. Smith/AFP

Oxfam probes new sexual misconduct cases as British MPs grill bosses

Feb 21, 2018 - 7:57 AM

Chief executive Mark Goldring told a parliamentary committee in London that the cases varied in their seriousness, while 16 related to its international operation

PARLIAMENTARY PROBE. A video grab from footage broadcast by the UK Parliament's Parliamentary Recording Unit (PRU) on February 20, 2018 shows Oxfam CEO Mark Goldring (C), Oxfam Chair of Trustees Caroline Thomson (R) and Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima (L) atttending an evidence session as witnesses before the International Development Committee of members of parliament at Portcullis House in London. PRU/AFP

Senate to invite Bong Pineda to probe into small town lottery anomalies

Feb 12, 2018 - 6:55 PM

'It only shows na totoo nga na si Bong Pineda nag-ooperate sa Camarines Sur. Not only there but in areas na nakalista,' says Senator Panfilo Lacson

Senate Hearing PCSO on February 12. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Duterte defends Balutan in PCSO Christmas party controversy

Feb 12, 2018 - 5:45 PM

'Wala sa akin 'yan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte about PCSO spending P4 million on its Christmas party in 2017

Philippine Charity Sweeptakes Office General Manager Alexander Balutan reechoes the government’s drive to eradicate illegal gambling as he urged illegal gambling operators to halt their operations and instead join the government in handling state-sanctioned numbers games during a press briefing in Malacañang on January 24, 2017. KING RODRIGUEZ/Presidential Photo

Duterte to Sandra Cam: Stop fighting PCSO GM Balutan

Jan 29, 2018 - 6:53 PM

'Sandra, kaibiganin mo na ‘yan si Balutan. Huwag mo na awayin,' President Rodrigo Duterte tells the lady PCSO board member

COA orders former PCSO execs to return P13.75 million

Jan 28, 2018 - 7:35 PM

The Commission on Audit says the officials were 'not entitled to receive fringe benefits'

Save the Children suspends operations in Afghanistan after ISIS attack

Jan 24, 2018 - 3:51 PM

(3rd UPDATE) It is the latest attack on a foreign aid group in the war-torn country

ATTACKED. Afghan civilians gather on a street next to a plume of smoke coming from the area around an office of the British charity Save the Children during an ongoing attack in Jalalabad on January 24, 2018. Noorullah Shirzada/AFP

PCSO chairman resigns due to 'health reasons'

Jan 12, 2018 - 3:35 PM

Malacañang says PCSO chairman Jose Jorge Corpuz is not the head of a government agency who President Rodrigo Duterte said he would fire

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office chairman Jose George Corpuz, during a press briefing in Malacañang on January 24, 2017 says the government is targeting an income of P28.7 billion from Small Town Lottery which will finance the government’s charity works. KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo

PCSO officials not next on chopping block – Malacañang

Jan 03, 2018 - 1:33 PM

Malacañang defers naming the 'high-ranking official' President Rodrigo Duterte wants to fire, as the Chief Executive is still reviewing the legislative charter of the appointee's office

Newly-appointed Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. holds his first press briefing in Malacañan on November 2, 2017. He told the members of the media that he is vowed to fulfill President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's order to do what is best for the country and to tell the truth. VALERIE ESCALERA/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

PCSO to release P5.4M to Vinta victims

Dec 30, 2017 - 3:38 PM

Cities of Davao and Tagum, and provinces of Davao del Norte, Davao Occidental, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley will receive aid from the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office

File photo of Typhoon Vinta victims courtesy of PNP

Caritas brings spirit of Christmas to Urduja-hit Biliran

Dec 22, 2017 - 11:36 AM

Caritas Palo, the humanitarian arm of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Palo, distributes relief goods in remote Biliran towns

NEEDS ASSESSMENT. Caritas Palo conducts needs assessment in Naval town in Biliran province, which was heavily damaged by Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak) on December 16, 2017. Photo courtesy of Caritas Palo

Sandra Cam appointed member of PCSO board of directors

Dec 06, 2017 - 3:10 PM

Taxi operators association president Bong Suntay is also appointed member of the PCSO board

Pope Francis on Lamborghini gift: Better to auction off

Nov 15, 2017 - 11:06 PM

The Lamborghini Huracan sports car, which boasts a 610 metric horsepower, is blessed by the pontiff, who bent to scrawl his signature on its gleaming bonnet before sending it off to Sotheby's auction house

SUPERCAR. This handout photo taken on November 15, 2017 at the Vatican and released by the Vatican press office, Osservatore Romano shows Pope Francis signing a Lamborghini Huracan received as a gift as Lamborghini CEO Stefano Domenicali looks on. Handout / OSSERVATORE ROMANO / AFP

Tessa Prieto-Valdes: Why I dress up

Oct 31, 2017 - 12:04 PM

'After all these years, I still get asked on why I dress up ostentatiously. Here's the truth.'

Nearly P620 million in unauthorized bonuses given to GOCCs in 2016

Oct 29, 2017 - 6:30 PM

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office has the largest amount of unauthorized perks released in 2016, at P518 million

UNAUTHORIZED BENEFITS. The Commission on Audit finds that 8 GOCCs paid P619 million worth of unauthorized perks to its personnel in 2016.

Sandiganbayan acquits another in PCSO scam; only 1 plunder case remains

Oct 10, 2017 - 11:29 AM

Former COA intelligence fund unit head Nilda Plaras is off the hook

'PilgrimAge': Joey Samson’s journey to nostalgia

Sep 25, 2017 - 9:30 PM

Joey Samson is this year's featured designer at the annual Red Charity Gala