GAMBLING operator Charlie “Atong” Ang admitted on Wednesday that he met with officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) in 2016 but claimed that Special Assistant to the President Christopher “Bong” Go, not Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd, had set it.
Ang was accused by PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan of trying to corner the Small Town Lottery operation in the country but was rejected by the PCSO.
Balutan claimed that former whistleblower Sandra Cam accompanied Ang to his office a week after he was appointed to the PCSO and offered P200 million in monthly remittances from STL if he would be allowed to operate the game nationwide.
At the resumption of the Senate games and amusement committee on the controversies currently surrounding the PCSO, Ang admitted that he met with former Chairman Jorge Corpuz and Balutan on September 14, 2016.
But months before the meeting, Ang claimed that he was able to talk to President Rodrigo Duterte in Davao and discussed to him the problem facing the PCSO and that the institution was allegedly being used as front for illegal activities.
Months after the meeting with the President, Ang said he received a call from Cam who informed him that he would be brought to the PCSO to meet with Corpuz and Balutan.
The gambling operator claimed that Go wanted him to help PCSO increase its revenue collection and improve its performance. The meeting was held on September 14,2016.
Ang said it was Balutan who welcomed him upon his arrival at the PCSO office and told him that it was good to know that he would be helping the agency.
“Mr. Atong mabuti magkakausap tayo dito at least mapapagusapan natin kung paano maayos at yang si Corpuz na corrupt na ng kabila yan (it is good that we would have a chance to talk and discuss how we could address the problem. Corpuz has already been corrupted),” Ang told the committee quoting Balutan.
He also said that nothing was resolved in the meeting because Corpuz did not take him seriously. JEFFERSON ANTIPORDA