Cops asked to assist Speed Game

January 9, 2018 at 10:48 am Leave a comment

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

URDANETA CITY – Amid the proliferation of illegal number game jueteng in Pangasinan, newly appointed Regional Police Director Chief Supt. Romulo Sapitula directed the police provincial director of Pangasinan to assist newly government sanctioned Small Town Lottery franchisee in the province.


 General Romulo E. Sapitula

In a memorandum dated January 2, Sapitula instructed Police Provincial Office Director Senior Supt. Ronald Oliver Lee to direct the chiefs of police in the 44 towns four cities in the  province to eradicate jueteng operations.

He said this was so the Philippine Charity Sweepstake Office-Small Town Lottery (PCSO-STL) Authorized Agent Corporation (AAC) Speed Game, Incorporated (SGI) can effectively operate its daily betting games’ business in Pangasinan.

The success of the said game will help the National Government raise additional charity funds and broaden the number of people who will greatly benefit from PCSO’s medical charity assistance work for the less privileged. Additional revenues from the game are also intended to benefit various offices of the Philippine National Police (PNP) by way of allocating corresponding STL shares from the gross sales of the STL operations,” Sapitula said.

In an earlier letter, PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan told Sapitula that PCSO recently approved SGI as the STL’s authorized agent corporation in the Province of Pangasinan in line with the expansion of the STL operations nationwide which was formally launched on February 2006.

Sapitula ordered Lee to submit the result of his action in favor of SGI versus the presence of gambling operators and their agents who illegally collect bets in the province.

SGI and PCSO-Pangasinan just opened its operation by showing to the media last Wednesday its first draw at its newly constructed office and betting station in Barangay San Vicente here.

The press conference that followed was led by Speed Game President Edward J. Aguilar, Provincial Administrator Anthony Angangco, Operation Manager Jose Millora, District Coordinator Alfie Soriano, Legal Consultant Gerald Gubatan, and PCSO –Pangasinan Manager Editha Romero.

Television and radio reports showed that the personnel of the National Bureau of Investigation and the Criminal Investigation & Detection Group of the PNP have been preoccupied raiding and arresting collectors of illegal gambling operators like Peryahan ng Bayan (PnB) in different parts of the province.

Speed Game, the second bidder at the STL, succeeded Golden Go Rapid Gaming Corporation (GGRGC) as the latter defaulted to remit to the PCSO P7.5 million a day or P225 million a month of its presumptive monthly retail receipt (PMRR).

Speed Game Lawyer Gubatan said the daily contract of the AAC to PCSO is P3.9 million and P117 million monthly.

The proliferation of jueteng operations in the province, a source said, ensued after the termination by the PCSO of GGRGC late last year.

Angangco disputed the temporary restraining order (TRO) crowed by the lawyer of the PnB to the media, saying the TRO was denied by the Regional Trial Court in Pasig City.

Balutan certified in November 16, 2017 that the operation of Peryahan ng Bayan was terminated by the PCSO’s Board of Directors through Resolution No. 51 Series of 2016 effective February 17, 2016.

“The termination of this Deed of Authority is subject of Civil Case No. 75148 between Globaltech and PCSO pending before the Regional Trial Court of Pasig City, Branch 161. The said Court issued an Order dated 13 October 2017 in Civil Case No. 75148 containing the clear directive denying Globaltech’s application of writ of injunction (Annex “B”)”

 In its decision, the Pasig City’s RTC said in part on its rejection of the operator of PnB:“All told the Motion for Issuance of Writ of Injunction is denied for lack of merit and the parties are directed upon receipt of this order to arbitrate pursuant to the Special Rules of Court on Alternative Dispute Resolution”.


Entry filed under: News.

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