Hontiveros on Duterte's shutdown of PCSO, 'Why punish poor Pinoys for corruption of your officials?'

Senator Risa Hontiveros photo from Inquirer (ctto)

Manila, Philippines – With the recent closure of the gaming operations of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, opposition senator Risa Hontiveros feels like speaking and standing up for thousands of workers affected by it.

Hontiveros also showed concern that many of our kabababayans are relying on government assistance from the PCSO also affected by the shutdown of these lotto and other gaming outlets.

“Pres’s PCSO closure puts thousands of Pinoys in danger: 315K jobs in STL (13.7K employees; 26K sales sups; 275K sales agents & STL reps) + poor Pinoys relying on charity operations’ medical assistance,” she posted on her Twitter.

“Why are you punishing these people for the corruption of YOUR OWN officials?” she asked the President.

The Department of Labor and Employment can extend assistance to the over 120,000 workers affected by the closure of lotto stations and gaming outlets nationwide, according to Sen. Nancy Binay on Monday.

President Rodrigo Duterte had ordered the revocation of gaming franchises issued by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) over alleged "massive" corruption in the agency.

For Hontiveros thousands of our fellow Filipinos rely on the PCSO for financial assistance to cover costly medical expenses; at times these are matters of life and death for many.

In its 2018 accomplishment report, the PCSO indicated that it has provided a total of 314,596 jobs through the small town lottery.

This includes 13,720 organic employees, 26,227 sales supervisors and 274,649 sales agents and representatives of the small town lottery in various provinces nationwide.

Source: Politiko

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