The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed a case against former Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairman Jose Jorge Corpuz and 14 other former officers for violation of the Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and Gross Misconduct.
Based on the letter dated July 7, but was shown to the media on Tuesday, August 18, former PCSO chairman Corpuz; former general manager Alexander Balutan; Mabel Mamba; Francisco Joaquin; Marlon Balite; Sandra Cam; and Jesus Manuel Suntay are facing criminal charges before the Office of the Ombudsman.
Furthermore, the NBI pressed charges against Remeliza Gabuyo, Atty. Lauro Patiag, Atty. Anna Liza Inciong, Merceditas Hinayon, Arnel Casas, Andy Gauran, and Edwin Mackay for violating Section 4(b) of the Graft and Corrupt Practices Act and Gross Misconduct.
On the other hand, the NBI filed another case for obstruction of justice and serious dishonesty against Gabuyo.
The NBI wrote in a 20-page letter that the accused individuals did not seek approval from the Office of the President when it permitted the 2016 small town lottery (STL) to enforce rules and regulations.
According to NBI, it contradicts the provision of Republic Act No. 1169, which is the Providing for Charity Sweepstakes Horse Races and Lotteries.
The law enforcement further said that the PCSO failed to fix the number of tickets provided to STL operators, making the operators produce their own tickets using 0.5% printing cost.
In addition, the NBI stated that the PCSO also “indirectly increased the percentage of operating funds by adding the excess printing fund to finance its operating expenses.”
The NBI elaborated that the PCSO used a 1.5% printing cost fund in 2017 and 2018.
Based on the NBI’S letter, “The PCSO could not be said to incur printing expenses as printing was unlawfully delegated to STL Operators.”
“Due to the acts and/or omissions of the PCSO Officers and employees the funds that should have been part of the Charity Funds to be enjoyed by the echelons of the society were enjoyed only by a few PCSO employees,” stated from the 20-page letter.
On the other hand, Gabuyo faced obstruction of justice because she allegedly “misled the NBI” for not including a document that the NBI requested while the investigation in the agency is being conducted.