Dárlán Páléncìá Bárcélón
Legazpi City, [05.11.17] – NO PAYOLA POLICY ON POLITICIANS. This was the answer made by new the management of Lucky V Prime Enterprises Corporation, a Small Town Lottery [STL] franchisee in the province of Albay during the question and answer on the launching of the their operation held at the La Pizza Hotel today.
According to Engr. Alexander Javier, one of the owner of Lucky V Prime Enterprises Corporation, they will not be playing benevolent to the local politicians in Albay, when he was asked by The Philippine Examiner.
“We will not do it because we are legal and duly registered corporation,” Javier said.
During the presentation, the new franchise holder of small town lottery in Albay has sought the support of the Albayanos to patronize their operation in Albay, because their operation will also benefit the charity work of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.
Javier also mentioned, that a security benefits such as SSS is awaiting to all employees of Lucky V Prime Enterprises Corporation, including food processing and agriculture programs, he said.
It was made clear that the hiring of personnel including “cabos” were already handed down to the mayors.
The operation of the new franchisee was personally endorsed by the provincial head of PCSO, Ms. Nelly Loyola, as the STL operation will start in Albay tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Loyola also admitted during the launching, about the proliferations of underground illegal numbers game called the illegal “bookies” which unlawfully operating their clandestine business in the guise of STL are pervasive, and are directly shortchanging PCSO’s charity works.
Prior to the operation of Lucky V Prime Enterprises Corporation in Albay, STL franchise was awarded to Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation, a Cagayan Economic Zone Authority [CEZA] grantee during the Arroyo administration.
The corporation was registered in Santa Ana, Cagayan Valley as a gaming business entity was able to secure business permit even outside Cagayan Valley, particularly in the province of Albay.
A Congressional inquiry under the House Committee on games and amusement was formed in January 2016 on the alleged anomalies in the multibillion-peso Small Town Lottery [STL] including Meridien Vista Gaming Corporation, as it alleges to be in the head-on competition with franchise operators sanctioned by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.