SAN ANTONIO, Nueva Ecija – It is still a big no to allow the operations of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s Small Town Lottery in this first-class municipality, despite the reported lifting of the suspension order on its operations by President Duterte on Thursday night, said Mayor Arvin C. Salonga yesterday.
“Wala, denied pa din sila sa akin, hindi ko papayagan ang STL mag-operate dito sa San Antonio, kaya matagal na kaming STL-free kahit noong namamayagpag pa ang STL sa buong bansa at hindi pa ito sinususpindi ni Pangulong Duterte,” Salonga said.
He maintained he would still deny the STL’s application for a business permit in this town just like what he did before in 2017, when he rejected its application after the local operator failed to explain to him in full detail how the percentage of the profit-sharing scheme works between the local government unit, the local operator and those involved in the operation.
“Di nila maipakita sa akin ang libro para malaman ko kung paano kino-compute ang sharing ng LGU at ng STL, kaya denied ang STL sa akin, tapos sinasabi pa nila na di na daw kailangan pa ang mayor’s permit eh di sige, wala silang business permit, eh di sila puwede mag-operate dito sa San Antonio,” the mayor explained.
Salonga also took pride in saying that his town is reputedly the only LGU among the 32 LGUs in Nueva Ecija and perhaps in the whole country that is STL-free.