STL operators front of ‘mistah’–Cam


Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Board Member Sandra Cam on Monday claimed that former PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan gave small town lottery (STL) contracts to his mistah or classmates.

Cam told DZMM in an interview that during last week’s congressional hearing on the PCSO, Antipolo City 2nd District Rep. Romeo Acop grilled Balutan about STL operation and it was learned that he was giving it to his mistah.

“Hindi po siya kumikibo. Tapos, nang salain siya ni Congressman Acop tungkol sa mga STL operation, napag-alaman na ang pinagbibigyan niya ay mga mistah niya,” Cam said.

“Hindi po nakapangalan sa mga mistah niya pero ang mga nasa likod ay mga mistah niya,” she added.

Balutan, a retired marine general, is a member of Philippine Military Academy Matikas Class of 1983. His classmates include former Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff Gen. Ricardo Visaya, former AFP chief of staff and Department of Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo M. Año, and former Philippine Navy commandant Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado.

Malacanang announced last week that President Rodrigo Duterte fired Balutan for alleged corruption.

Cam said Balutan’s ouster will uncover many anomalies and corruption in PCSO.

She cited the case of the fast-tracked approval of “Powerball” by the PCSO under Balutan.

Powerball Marketing and Logistics Corporation is an Instant Sweepstakes Authorized Corporation that operates the PCSO Instant Sweepstakes.