PACC to probe gov’t execs in STL scandal

December 13, 2019

THE Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) is set to investigate ranking officials outside the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) allegedly involved in corruption in the controversial small-town lottery (STL).

PACC Commissioner Manuelito Luna revealed yesterday that their probe into anomalies in STL is not confined to PCSO officials as it would also cover other government officials implicated in the corruption controversy.

“We will leave no stone unturned. Our investigation is pursuant to the directive of President Duterte to run after those who committed corruption in PCSO games, which deprived the government of billions of funds that should have gone to social services for our poor countrymen,” he stressed.

Luna has refused to reveal more details so as not to preempt the ongoing investigation.

But insiders bared that the PACC has been informed of the involvement of a ranking official who is allegedly benefiting from illegal STL operations..

“It’s ironic that the President is aggressively cleansing PCSO and the number games and unaware of illegal activities of one of his officials,” disclosed the source, who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the matter.