Pacquiao scrutinizes PSC budget

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Chairman on Sports Commitee Senator Manny Pacquiao questions Pagcor officials Ramon Stephen Villaflor and Arnel Ignacio about the five percent revenue share the Pagcor should be giving the PSC during the Organization Meeting and Committee Briefing on Sports at the Senate. PHOTO BY BOB DUNGO JR.

Chairman on Sports Commitee Senator Manny Pacquiao questions Pagcor officials Ramon Stephen Villaflor and Arnel Ignacio about the five percent revenue share the Pagcor should be giving the PSC during the Organization Meeting and Committee Briefing on Sports at the Senate. PHOTO BY BOB DUNGO JR.

SENATOR Manny Pacquiao on Tuesday asked the officials of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) and the Philippine Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) to provide the Senate a clear explanation regarding the five percent revenue share that Pagcor should be giving the PSC.

According to Pacquiao, who heads the Senate Committee on Sports, the PSC has not been receiving the entire five percent. Pagcor was mandated by law to remit five percent of its monthly gross revenue to the PSC.

“We want transparency in government, we want to know how the PCS is using the budget,” Pacquiao said in an interview after he suspended the committee hearing.

The senator said he decided to suspend the hearing to be able to give the agencies enough time to prepare their explanation on the various issues involving Philippine sports.


“That (five percent share) is what I wanted to know but we’re not given clear answers. I wanted to ask so many things but I have my colleagues who also wanted to ask questions,” he added.

Pacquiao also said that he wanted to look into the reported corruption in Philippine sports and introduce legislation and sustainable programs that would really benefit the Filipino athletes.

“This administration is not joking. There must be changes, let’s fix those that need to be fixed and stop those that should be stopped,” Pacquiao told reporters.

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