Congressional probe on gambling in Pangasinan reset anew

February 6, 2020 at 1:55 pm Leave a comment

                             PERYAHAN NG BAYAN VS SPEED GAME

By Mortz C. Ortigoza

DAGUPAN CITY –  A member of Congress said the hearing on the legality of a numbers game in Pangasinan that should have been held in December 17 last year was indefinitely postponed this month.

The solon, who asked for anonymity, said that the 65 – members Committee on Games and Amusement chaired by Representative Eric Go Yap should be probing the complaint on the operation of Globaltech Mobile Online Corporation’s Peryahan ng Bayan (PnB) in the province but was indefinitely postponed for the second time.

Originally scheduled last December 17, 2019, it was reset to the third week of January this year and again postponed to a date beyond his knowledge.

The hearing for the legitimacy of PnB was due to the clamor of various sectors that Authorized Agent Corporations (AAC) Speed Game, Inc. of the Small Town Lottery (STL), should be the one operating the numbers game in the province.

PnB has been doing business in Pangasinan since January last year. It resumed operation after President Rodrigo lifted the suspension of the Small Time Lottery in August 2019 which  he suspended in July 27, 2019.

A source at the STL, who asked not to be named, said that the January 2020 hearing will finalize the operation of the PnB in lieu of the Speed Game, Inc because it is the AAC of the PCSO.

“Matatapos iyong issue sa January 2020 na iyan. Pinostphone para pagbigyan ng December ang mataas na tao sa PCSO,” he cited.

He said that PnB only remits P11.2 million monthly “direct cost” of its revenue to the PCSO while Speed Game gives P59 million.

Since its operation in January 4, 2018, SGI has remitted P3.9 million a day or P177 million Presumptive Monthly Retail Receipt (PMRR) to the PCSO which  the latter used as funds for the social and medical needs of the indigents all over the country.

PCSO Chairman Anselmo Simeon P. Pinili furnished last February 16, 2019 the National Bureau of Investigation Director Dante A. Gierran about his letter to President Rodrigo Duterte on the illegal and unauthorized operations of PnB that has been adversely affecting the operations of PCSO’s Small Town Lottery Authorized (STL) Agents.

The source said  Yap, chairman of the Games & Amusement committee, is a neophyte partylist congressman who has powerful backers.

“First time in history isang party list isang bagito na nagkaroon ng chairmanship,” the source said.

He said some of the backers of Yap are Deputy Speaker Paolo “Polong” Duterte, Majority Floor Leader Martin Romualdez, and Pampanga Congressman Juan Miguel “Mikey” Arroyo.

Among the 65 congressmen’s members of the Committee on Games & Amusement are Pangasinan Representatives Tyrone Agabas, Arnold Celeste, Jumel Espino, and Ramon Guico III.

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