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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



06 June 2019 06:35:27 PM

The House Committee on Public Accounts chaired by Minority Leader Danilo Suarez and Committee on Games and Amusements chaired by Rep. Gus Tambunting (2nd District, Paranaque City) demonstrated hard work as despite the sine die adjournment, they resumed on Thursday the joint hearing on the accountability issues facing the small town lottery (STL) operations. Suarez decried the irregularities in the STL operations, including the awarding of the authority to operate the STL to unqualified operators, loss of revenues due to improper accounting, and failed remittances of Presumptive Monthly Retail Receipts (PMRR). The STL is a source of charity funds of the PCSO. Tambunting said there were also questions about negotiations for the PMRR. He noted that the inability to pay the PMRR is unduly rewarded, hence many Authorized STL Agents (ASAs) retain the same non-compliant attitude. Tambunting suggested that the PCSO immediately terminate and forfeit the bond of those that cannot pay the PMRR on time. PCSO Concurrent Chairperson and General Manager Anselmo Pinili and Chief of the Advisory Committee for STL-PCSO Ted Quijano answered the queries of House Members during the hearing. / Caption by Eddie Galvez/ Photos by Gilbert Manalo/ News and Documentation Section-Press and Public Affairs Bureau/ House of Representatives of the Philippines