Duterte may create STL agency under his office

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PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte on Friday said he might create an agency under his office that will award small town lottery (STL) franchises to prevent corruption.

In a speech, Mr. Duterte cited allegations that some retired police generals own STL franchises and have not paid the government’s revenue share.

He said he might let the Justice chief or a Budget official award the franchises.

Mr. Duterte on July 26 ordered the closure of all gaming operations under the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) due to corruption.

He later lifted the suspension, allowing all gaming schemes to resume starting on July 30. — Charmaine A. Tadalan