Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has given an ultimatum to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to wrap up its business and gaming operations within the next 24 hours.
In a video message posted from the Philippine president’s official page shows Duterte ordering “the closure, the stoppage of all gaming schemes of whatever nature, however done, that got their franchises to do so from the PCSO.”
He said that the immediate actions are because of the massive corruption in the PCSO operations.
The president has also ordered the termination of all PCSO-granted “permits and concessions or whatever.” He also made it clear that he would not entertain any court order that the organization would most likely try to obtain.
He went on to say that PCSO gaming devices must be removed from all public places or else the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Army would detain anyone involved with the machines’ continued operations.
The president also said that the step was necessary as the PCSO was not giving the government its share from the gambling proceeds. He said “maybe [gambling] can help in the economic activity because the money goes around. But if you fuck the government, that’s something else.”