PCSO’s Peryahan starts in province raided thrice by police, CIDG, NBI

January 26, 2015 at 12:59 am Leave a comment

By Yolanda Sotelo
DAGUPAN CITY – The Peryahan Games of the Philippine Charity Sweeptakes Office is trying to conquer bet-rich Pangasinan through its jueteng-like numbers game, but wary police authorities conducted raids on the Peryahan’s draw center in Laoac town.
PCSO’s Peryahan Games’ betting kiosk in Binmaley, Pangasinan.
The kiosk opened last January 24. Other towns that junked and
replaced Meridian Jai Alai – played like jueteng and Peryahan
Games – are Malasiqui, San Jacinto, Mapandan, Laoac, and others.
Edward Aguilar, spokesperson of Global Tech Mobile Online Corporation which is the franchisee of Peryahan Games, said the draw center had been raided three times since it opened on December 20 last year.
Two days after the draw center opened, the police raided the center and brought six personnel, known as sales agents, to the local police station. But the personnel were released right after questioning, Aguilar said.
The following day, a team from the regional and provincial police, the National Bureau of Investigation and the Criminal  Investigation and Detection Group, again raided the center, bringing the same personnel to different police stations and NBI Manila.
The personnel were also immediately set free, Aguilar said.
The third raid was conducted only by the NBI on January 14, with the agency bringing nine Global Tech sales agents and three other bet collectors to NBI Manila.
“But yesterday (January 21), they were released,  with a resolution from the Department of Justice showing they were not engaged  in illegal numbers game jueteng,” he said. The nine sales agents bore PCSO Ids, gadgets used to print bets, and certification from Global Tech.
The other three bet collectors who are not connected with Global Tech are still held at the NBI headquarters, he said.
Provincial Police Director Sr. Supt. Reynaldo Biay said the police would continue to monitor the Peryahan’s activities to ensure it won’t be used as front for illegal activities.
The Peryahan Games, a numbers game resembling jueteng, is on a test run in Pangasinan, the 13th province where the games was launched.
Like jueteng, bettors select two numbers from 1-38, with bet collectors (called sales agents) going around to collect bets.  The sales agents do not received salaries, but get 7.5 percent from their collections.
Like jueteng, too, winning numbers are drawn thrice daily, at 11 am, four pm and nine pm.
A difference however, is Peryahan collectors bring gadgets called “Point of Sale” on which bets are entered and printed.  The bets are brought to kiosks where the cashier accepts bet money and pays winnings.
Each province will have  winning numbers which are drawn at the draw center, Aguilar said.
But unlike jueteng where the proceeds go is unknown, Peryahan allots 30 percent to charity, of which five percent goes to the treasury of  municipal government and two percent to the provincial govenrment, Aguilar explained.
The PCSO likewise need not seek permits from the local governments which Peryahan will be operated, but will have to pay fees to the establishment of kiosks and other permits.


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