Illegal suertres badly affects PCSO income PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 10:52

The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Zamboanga Branch under Raul Regondola has called on the police to mount a massive campaign against rampant operations of illegal 3-digit game or locally known as “suertres”.

The illegal operations of suertres, Regondola said, seriously affect the daily income of PCSO authorized outlets in the city.

“I am calling City Police Director Col. Edwin de Ocampo to help us in the campaign by apprehending these illegal operators who have been doing these operations all over the city without being caught by authorities concerned,” Regondola said as he was puzzled why suertres agents freely roam the barangays with their betting slips with the police doing nothing on it.

DZT learned that retired men in uniform and some still active in service in partnership with moneyed local gamblers are behind the illegal operations of suertres.

In authorized lotto outlets, a minimum bet per set of number is P10 while in the illegal operation, a bettor can bet as low as P1.00. The P10 bet in the lotto outlet wins P4,500.

“What is good if we play in the authorized outlet, a certain percentage of its total gross will go to the charity by extending financial assistance for the hospitalization of indigent families, facilities for hospitals like ambulances and many other charitable activities intended for the local government units,” Regondola said.

If concerned authorities will not act on his request, Regondola appealed to the incoming Mayor Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco-Salazar and the new set of councilors to also address this issue as soon as they assume office next week.

In Gutalac Town, Zamboanga del Norte, Regondola said he ordered for the full out of their sole authorized lotto outlet in the area after authorities and the local government unit failed to contain the proliferation of the illegal suertres game.

“Just imagine, we only earn about P1, 000 plus a day for the entire municipality. I talked with the mayor there and the PNP officials assigned in the area but nothing happened. That’s why I decided to full out rather than to operate with nothing to earn at the end of the day. Illegal suertres operation is so rampant in the area,” Regondola told DZT in a phone interview yesterday.

Last month, a campaign was carried out by local authorities, but it was suddenly stopped and the illegal operation resumed a week ago after allegedly closing a deal with some people in government.  —Jimmy Villaflores