PCSO extends STL for 3 months
ANGELES CITY - The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) cannot start the PCSO Loterya ng Bayan (PLB) this July as a substitute to the agency's Small Town Lottery (STL), contrary to an earlier announcement by President Aquino in Quezon.
"The board extended STL for three months pending the release of the revised [implementing rules and regulations of PLB]," PCSO chair Margarita Juico said in a text message to the Inquirer yesterday.
The contracts that the PCSO gave to its agents to run STL will expire on June 30.
In a phone interview, PCSO general manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II assured the public that PLB would be introduced despite the delay.
Rojas first announced the new game in November 2010, when the Senate investigated allegations by retired Archbishop Oscar Cruz and former Pampanga Gov. Eddie Panlilio that STL was being used as cover for the illegal numbers game jueteng.