PCSO GM willing to be probed over ‘grandiose’ Xmas party

By on December 26, 2017


FILE: “I will volunteer to be investigated and open to any investigation by Congress," Balutan said in a phone interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) Tuesday. (Photo: Alexander F Balutan/ Facebook)
FILE: “I will volunteer to be investigated and open to any investigation by Congress,” Balutan said in a phone interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) Tuesday. (Photo: Alexander F Balutan/ Facebook)

MANILA — Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) general manager Alexander Balutan said he is open to an investigation on the millions of pesos allegedly spent by the agency for its Christmas party.

“I will volunteer to be investigated and open to any investigation by Congress,” Balutan said in a phone interview with the Philippine News Agency (PNA) Tuesday.

Replying to the accusation of whistleblower Sandra Cam on the alleged “grandiose” PCSO Christmas party celebration, Balutan said “the PCSO has nothing to hide and is ready to account for it to the last centavo supported by corresponding official receipts of our expenditures during our Christmas party.”

“The PCSO spent PHP3 million for the hotel, food and give away prizes for the Christmas party and not PHP10 million,” Balutan added.

Cam, a newly appointed PCSO director, has exposed the alleged overspending of the PCSO for its Christmas party.

Balutan said he is open to any investigation to show that there was no overspending or irregularity in the PCSO Christmas party.

“In fact, I will volunteer to be investigated to prove that we are not hiding anything,” said Balutan, a decorated military officer of the Philippine Marines with the rank of major general, who saw combat in southern Philippines, particularly the Mindanao all-out war in 2000.

At the same time, Balutan turned the table against Cam whom he accused of lobbying out for her friend, Atong Ang, as in charge of managing the “lucrative” Small Town Lottery draw nationwide of PCSO.

According to Balutan, the STL, which is the latest PCSO lottery game that started fourth quarter of this year, generated an income of PHP1.7 billion for the government’s coffers.

For the regular lotto games, PCSCO earned PHP51 billion as of last week and is expected to earn more, as there are still a few days of draw before the month of December ends, said Balutan.

Meanwhile, retired Marine Maj. Manuel Fraginal, PCSO executive assistant, blasted Cam for making “damaging irresponsible accusation” that has demoralized the rank-and-file of the PCSO.

“The PCSO did not spend PHP10 million for our Christmas party as alleged by Sandra Cam,” Fraginal said in a separate phone interview.

“In fact, PCSO employees of over 1,100 donated PHP2,000 each from their bonus to the victims of the Marawi siege,” said Fraginal, who is also a bemedalled Marine officer having fought in numerous combat operations during long years of military service.

He said all expenses of the PCSO are properly recorded and all projects are approved through board resolutions.

Fraginal also denied the accusations of Cam.

 

  • Philip Cruz

    Sandra Cam is right. However we perceive her, she’s right this time.The PCSO was created to generate charity funds for the poorest of our poor, especially to help in their medical and hospitalization needs. And now these crocodiles are splurging Php6,000,000 in an exorbitant Christmas party in a five-star hotel.This is the height of corruption and insensitivity. Ang kakapal ng muka nyo, Balutan at Corpuz!

  • Alex Miranda

    STL revenues have only increased from Php6.462 Billion to Php18.3 Billion a year – a 2.8X growth – despite the actual STL operators increasing from 18 to 92 – a 5.1X increase – by PCSO’s own admission. What performance?????

  • Brian Uy

    Well, as Aguirre said earlier this year: President Duterte is dismayed because STL operators are only remitting 10 to 15 percent of what he believes should go to the government. Everyone in illegal gambling world knows that STL is merely a front to “legalize” jueteng syndicates, who hide behind the protection of the STL license and just give a “token” revenue from STL to government for the “protection”. Jueteng has been estimated to be raking in some Php100 Billion a year.

  • Rose Marie Ocampo

    Balutan and Corpuz have only spread the protection to jueteng to far more areas in the country: From 18 to 92 territories. tsk tsk tsk kurakot diba???

  • beachin’

    Maraming salamat at may katulad ni Sandra Cam para isiwalat ang kalokohan dito sa PCSO. Dapat aksiyunan ito ng gobyerno. Imbestigahan!

    PALITAN LAHAT NG MGA KAWANI NG PCSO KASAMA SI BALUTAN! NILOLOKO LANG NILA ANG ATING PANGULONG DUTERTE! NAKALULA ANG PERA DIYAN SA PCSO KAYA NAGUMPUKAN ANG MGA SINDIKATO DIYAN SA LOOB NG AHENSIYA! MR PRESIDENT ANO NA PO ANG NANGYARI SA MGA TAONG PINAGKATIWALAAN NIYO SA PWESTO NASILAW SA PERA AT NAGING KORAP!!!!!.