Sandra Cam denies graft allegations vs Duterte ‘friends’

August 09, 2019
Sandra Cam

PHILIPPINE Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Director Sandra Cam belies the claim of Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo that she mentioned in her media interviews that some friends of President Rodrigo Duterte were the ones not remitting revenue from Small Town Lottery (STL) Operations.

“I never said that close friends of the President were behind the STL operations and that they are the ones not remitting to the PCSO. Mali ang pagkakaintindi ni Secretary Panelo sa aking naging interview sa radio,” Cam said in a statement sent to the media.

Based on reports, Cam said some Duterte “friends” don’t remit STL collections to the government, that when she said “friends” she was pertaining to former PCSO Chairman Jorge Corpuz and former PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan, who were both close to the President and whom he assigned to head the PCSO but later was accused of corruption.

“Kaya naaawa po ako kay Pangulong Duterte kasi ang kaniyang drive ay anti-corruption. Sana kaming malalapit sa kanya na inilagay n’ya d’yan, mag-toe the line sana. Hindi iyung gagamitin na taga-Davao sila, kaibigan kami,”.Cam allegedly said in an interview.

Cam insisted that she has been very careful in her media interviews as she doesn’t want to be misquoted so as to not to preempt the ongoing investigation of the Presidential Anti Crime Commission (PACC) and the forthcoming inquiry to be conducted by the Senate or the House of Representatives on the corruption issues surrounding the PCSO.

Earlier Cam said she would name at the Senate inquiry the people involved in the corruption at PCSO, saying most of them are government officials.

“President Duterte and I met in Tokyo. He asked me for proof. I then gave him the documents that proved that there is corruption in PCSO,” Cam, a PCSO board member, said during an ambush interview recently after she went to Saudi Arabia to visits the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) there

“I am ready to testify before the Senate inquiry. I have documents that will prove that they are involved in corrupt practices. Most of them are in the government,” she added.