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Duterte lifts STL suspension 


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President Rodrigo Duterte has lifted the suspension on the small town lottery (STL) operations but on certain conditions, Malacañang announced on Thursday.

“The suspension on STL will be lifted upon compliance of certain conditions,” Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

“Those compliant franchise holders will have to give three months deposit, those non-compliant will have to pay their arrears. There will be a waiver from suits. Franchise holders can not sue,” he added.

The latest order of the President came almost a month since he suspended the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) gaming operations over alleged massive corruption.

Panelo said the suspension would be lifted after the announcement was published in newspapers.

“Any violation of any of the conditions contained in the implementing rules and regulations will mean revocation of the licence to operate the STL,” he added.

In July, Duterte suspended all of PCSO’s gaming operations, due to allegations of massive corruption in the office.  CATHERINE S. VALENTE




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