ROXAS City – Over 3,000 employees and agents of the Small Town Lottery (STL) in the province of Capiz temporarily lost their jobs as a result of President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on all gaming schemes under the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
“Isa ini ka masubo nga adlaw para sa amon,” said STL consultant Alberto Roldan on Saturday.
According to Roldan, STL’s operation in the province is franchised by Five Star Gaming and Entertainment Corporation.
“They have been operating in the province for more than two years now,” he said.
Roldan added: “Wala man kami sang may mahimo kundi magsunod sa mando sang Presidente.”
Citing the massive corruption within the agency, Duterte on Friday suspended all PCSO-run betting schemes – including the famous lotto.
Policemen have been deployed to ensure that all lotto outlets nationwide are closed down in compliance with the Duterte’s directive.
Roldan, meanwhile, is still hoping for a reconsideration of the order.
He said that the move will displace thousands of workers and result in millions of pesos in foregone revenues.
“We have provided livelihood for PWDs, single mothers, including ex-convicts and drug surrenderers,” Roldan said.
He added that aside from providing employment, STL-Capiz has been actively involved in charity works such as feeding programs, blood donations, giving out of financial aids to indigents and school supplies distribution.
“Kabay pa nga sa madali nga tinion mapawaan man ang aton Presidente, bangod sa tuman kadamo nga tawo nga naga salig sang ila palangabuhian sa STL,” Roldan said./PN