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DoJ defends Duterte closure of PCSO games

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte’s decision to close the games of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is within his power, the Department of Justice said on Sunday.

Justice Secretary Mendardo Guevarra said a gaming license was “not a contractual right but a mere privilege that may be revoked at any time by the state.”

“The President has the authority to order the suspension, even the termination, of PCSO-licensed gaming operations upon prima facie proof that licensees are not faithfully complying with their legal obligation to remit the correct amount of the government’s share in revenues, or that their operations are tainted by fraud, deceit, or corruption,” Guevarra said.

Duterte ordered the closure amid alleged “massive corruption” at the PCSO. JOMAR CANLAS



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