EDUCATION Secretary Leonor Briones has asked President Rodrigo Duterte and other cabinet officials to prohibit online lottery outlets from operating near schools.
“I brought it up in the cabinet [meeting]because there is a previous policy which allows local government units to set up online lottery. Personally, I am not for it, but it is an existing policy which is being implemented,” Briones said in an interview.
The DepEd chief stressed that online gaming centers should not be located near schools or areas where students congregate.
“I do not believe that gambling could be a major source of revenue for the government, but it is a policy,” Briones, a former national treasurer, said.
“There would be a number of young people buying tickets as well,” she added.
She said Duterte agreed with her that online lottery outlets should not be allowed near campuses.
“Those who are sponsoring online lotteries were also there when we had a cabinet meeting. They had a presentation on how much they will earn and how much money can be generated, and then I expressed my views that I am not for looking gambling as a major source of revenue for government,” Briones said.
“But in the discussion it was considered that it can be a source of revenue for local government, and so on. I said that in case you just need to make sure that [online lottery]centers where they can buy tickets should not be near schools because they would offer opportunities to kids to this,” the DepEd chief added.
Duterte earlier vowed to stop the proliferation of online gambling.
He asked the state-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) to cancel the licenses of online gambling operators.