By NITZ ARANCON
CAMP Alagar’s spokesman yesterday advised Councilor Roger Abaday to wait for the outcome of a government investigation into the alleged corruption in the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) instead of accusing the police officers and soldiers of being illegal gambling protectors in the city.
Lt. Col. Mardy Hortillosa said this after Abaday alleged that illegal gambling operations in the city, particularly the “Peryahan ng Bayan,” were receiving protection from the police and military.
Hortillosa said he could neither confirm nor deny Abaday’s allegation because no police officer has been arrested for involvement in illegal numbers games in the city.
“Wala man tay pulis nga nasapon nga nag-protect anang Peryahan ng Bayan. Mao nang dili ‘ta makaingon nga naay protector o wala,” he said.
Hortillosa said Abaday may want to wait for the result of a Malacanang-initiated investigation into the PCSO controversy.
As for the Peryahan operations, Hortillosa said the police saw numbers game as legal until President Duterte ordered to shut down all PCSO-franchised numbers games late last week. On Tuesday night, Malacañang lifted the ban only on the PCSO Lotto, Suertres and EZ2 Lotto.
“Legal man nang Peryahan ng Bayan pero kay gipasera man sa Presidente nahimo na siyang illegal,” Hortillosa said. “Apil ang operator kon naay mag-operate anang Peryahan ng Bayan karon, dakpon nato.”
PCSO manager for Malaybalay city Mario Pelisco earlier said the Peryahan operations were illegal since May 2016 because PCSO did not renew the authority of Globaltech Mobile Online Corp..