Ex-PCSO chair rapped for drop in lotto revenues

A DROP in lotto revenues have affected provision of services to indigents, said the complainants. Photo shows a typical neighborhood lotto outlet. Mla Bulletin Image

FORMER Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Chairman Erineo “Ayong” Maliksi and 10 others were charged before the Office of the Ombudsman with graft and breach of ethical conduct for the drop of lotto revenues from 2012 to 2015.

Leon Peralta of the Anti-Trapo Movement of the Philippines filed on Monday an amended complaint to the complaint they filed last July.

The group had earlier charged former and incumbent PCSO officials for the alleged procurement violations in the renewal of contracts awarded to the Philippine Gaming and Management Corp. (PGMC) and Pacific Online Systems Corp. (POSC) in March and August 2015, respectively.

Amended complaint

After filing the amended complaint, Peralta said that they also charged the officials for their alleged hand in the drop in lotto sales from P31.3 billion in 2012 to PHP28.9 billion in 2015 as reported by the Commission on Audit (COA).

In their complaint, the group said that the “inaction of the officials constituting dereliction and omission of their sworn duties under the institution’s Charter, resulted in a significant decrease in the institution’s revenues.”

Despite the drop in revenue, Peralta said, the PCSO officials received hefty allowances adding up to PHP907.09 million from 2012 to 2014 and PHP306.036 million in 2015.

Indigent beneficiaries

He said that the decrease in lotto revenues depleted the fund meant for the indigent beneficiaries of the PCSO.

Peralta said that the PCSO officials should return their bonuses to the medical support fund for the indigent beneficiaries.

Juico, 9 others

Included in the charge sheet are former PCSO Chair Margarita Juico, former General Manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II, former Board Director Florencio Gabriel Noel and incumbent Board Directors Betty Nantes, Mabel Mamba and Francisco Joaquin III.

Likewise named respondents are Conrado Zabella, Assistant General Manager of Gaming Product Development & Marketing Sector; Legal Department Manager Anna Liza Inciong; Gaming Technology Department Manager Arnel Casas; Product & Standard Development Department Manager Roger Ramirez; members of the PCSO Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) and other PCSO public officers and personnel who allegedly connived with the accused officials.