The Department of the Interior and Local Government fully supports the directive of the President revoking all gaming franchises and concessions issued by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) due to reports of massive corruption and irregularities.
The closure ordered by the President will prevent the further hemorrhaging of the financial resources of the PCSO, put a stop to the reports of widespread corruption, and commence the needed reform and rehabilitation of the said agency.
I am directing all Philippine National Police (PNP) units nationwide to immediately implement the President’s directive and ensure that all outlets granted licenses or concessions of the PCSO in all municipalities and cities of the country are closed pending investigation.
All Local Government Units are enjoined to comply with this directive, support the PNP in the service of the closure orders, and ensure that all these outlets remain closed until further orders from the Office of the President. Any Local Government Official who prevents or interferes in the closure of any outlet shall be dealt with accordingly to the fullest extent of the law.