President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the termination of all gambling and lottery permits issued by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office and all government-sanctioned chance gaming nationwide to cease operation pending investigation into what he claims as massive corruption involved in the issuance of PCSO contracts and franchises.
Duterte also ordered the police and military to enforce the order and make sure that no Lotto, small town lottery, Keno and other gambling outlets and machines will operate.
The President said he will ignore any court injunction blocking his order.
“Wala ako magawa. I have to do it. I will not honor transactions that are clearly on the side of, you know, scheming people… Puro dayaan lahat. At ‘yung mga kontrata ay parang crafted in favor of corruption and to favor other corporations and people. I will not allow it,” said Duterte without elaborating.
“Talagang hiningi ninyo. Sinabi ko na nga walang corruption. Hinihingi talaga ninyo, ibigay ko sa inyo.