FOR STL OPERATIONS: PCSO chief: Atong Ang offered me P200M monthly

PHILIPPINE Charity Sweepstakes Office general manager Alexander Balutan yesterday accused gambling lord Charlie “Atong” Ang of trying to bribe him with P200 million monthly in exchange for taking over all small-town lottery operations in the country.

Balutan issued the statement during the hearing of the House committee on games and amusement on the questioning of Rep. Winston Castelo (PDP-Laban, Quezon City).

Balutan said Ang made the offer in September 2016 with PCSO board member Sandra Cam who was also at the hearing and angrily denied the allegation.

Balutan said Ang and Cam claimed they were sent by President Duterte – another allegation that was denied by Cam who said Balutan was “lying through his teeth.”

“Atong Ang and President Duterte are friends. The P200 million Atong was talking about was the total amount of STL revenues on a daily basis,” she said.

Cam claimed it was Duterte’s close aide, Christopher “Bong” Go, who told her to meet with Balutan and now resigned PCSO chairman Jose Jorge Corpuz.

Balutan, however, said he has CCTV footages and pictures to prove his allegation, adding that he did not give in to the offer to allow Ang to monopolize the STL operations.

He said he reported the incident to the President, himself, who told him: “Don’t bend your rules. Just follow your rules. Just follow your rules, even if it involves my own son.”

Balutan and Cam have been at loggerheads since she was appointed to the position late last year.

Cam earlier accused Balutan and other PCSO executives of spending millions for a Christmas party for the agency last December.

Balutan has said the P6.3-million spent for the party was above board since the PCSO was authorized to spend P14 million for it.

Cam has also accused Balutan and Corpuz of being backed by businessman and alleged “jueteng” lord Rodolfo “Bong” Pineda.

Balutan, in turn, accused Cam of plotting to replace him and have Ang to monopolize the STL operations across the country.

Balutan and Cam have been at loggerheads since she was appointed to the position.

Cam earlier accused Balutan and other PCSO executives of spending millions for a Christmas party for the agency last December.

Balutan has said the P6.3-million spent for the party was above board since the PCSO was authorized to spend P14 million for it.

Cam has also accused Balutan and Corpuz of being backed by businessman and alleged “jueteng” lord Rodolfo “Bong” Pineda.

Balutan, in turn, accused Cam of plotting to replace him and have Ang to monopolize the STL operations across the country.