MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – The biggest news this weekend was President Rodrigo Duterte’s shutting down of gambling schemes by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, or PCSO, for alleged corruption. The news sent shockwaves to Filipinos who have long been hooked on Lotto, Small Town Lottery (STL), Peryahan ng Bayan and other games.
But it was all a big mistake.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo today told the Malacañang Press Corpse (not a typo), that what Duterte meant to shut down was PCOO, not PCSO.
Panelo said that his video message was intended to announce the abolition of PCOO, the Presidential Communications Operations Office, which has not only been underperforming but has been wasting huge amounts of taxpayer funds.
Panelo said the whole mix-up was due to Duterte misreading what was fed on the teleprompter.
Malacañang has apologized to the Filipino gambling comminity and assured the public that the proper agency — PCOO, not PCSO — will be shut down immediately.
(Leslie B. contributed to this report.)