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Manila's funds not affected by PCSO ban — Isko

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Although the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) provides charity for the masses and doles out funds for government projects, the city of Manila does not rely that much from its income, Manila Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso said on Monday.

PCSO is a corporation connected to the President's Office with the objective of raising funds for the social programs of the government, particularly those associated to health and charity.

PCSO runs lottery games–lotto, small town lottery (STL), online keno, scratch cards, and sweepstakes to collect these resources.

Its distribution is as follows: 55% for award cash, 30% for the President's Social Fund (PSF), 15% for the working costs of the company, and 5% as a contingency fund.

President Rodrigo Duterte instructed PCSO's gaming operations to be shut down on Saturday, stating, "the ground is massive corruption involving all — including the courts that issued the — constantly issued injunctions to paralyze government and enable corruption to flourish."

The Manila Mayor, backed up the statement of the President in the interview.

"In STL, they could only be handing out 20 percent of the income, the 80 percent will be theirs. They are making it a legitimate blanket to cover up the illegalities", said Mayor Domagoso.

On July 29, Moreno ordered the withdrawal of PCSO gaming establishments’ business and mayor's permits.

Asked whether he considers also losing the charity money sourced from PCSO, the mayor said, "What do you prefer-- that the thieves who rob huge amounts or would you rather just make their operations stop for the meantime?,” he said.

“Hindi sila kawalan” the mayor added.

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