LINGAYEN — The Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) gave officials of the Speed Game Corporation, the authorized agent corporation to operate Small Town Lottery (STL) in Pangasinan one more chance to appear before the Question Hour of the legislative body on Monday.
It warned that its continued failure to appear for the fourth time will result in it declaring its top officials as persona non grata and will adopt other means as the highest law-making body of the province to compel them.
This after the SGC executives again failed to show up during the third hearing of the SP on the mechanics and operations of the STL in Pangasinan, a session again attended by Editha Romera, manager of the STL in Pangasinan and three sales agents of the STL.
Board Members Raul Sison and Noel Bince had wanted the SP to terminate the hearing and proceed right away in discussing a proposed measure against the STL’s authorized agent corporation (AAC), but Board Member Jeremy Agerico Rosario asked for one more hearing to be conducted so SGC can present its side over operations and mechanics of the STL in Pangasinan.
Among the issues raised in the discussion is the alleged non-transparency in the operations of the STL the numbers of combinations for betting are from one to 40 and not from one to 38 as in other STLs in other provinces or one to 37 in the illegal numbers game “jueteng”, violations of the implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of the STL and the SGC only gives less than five percent share to sales agents.
Sison said mayors want SGC to be more transparent about the basis for their three percent share due their municipalities.
In the last Question Hour of the SP, the board members asked that a representative of municipalities and cities to be allowed by the management to witness their daily operations in their own areas to determine the computation.
Romero told the board that SGC has been meeting its monthly obligations to the PCSO, unlike the previous AAC.
She earlier said the STL in Pangasinan is an ongoing experiment and is given one year to perfect its operations.
STL sales agents said they know that they are entitled to higher commission but they are not complaining, fearing that if they do, they would be replaced. (Leonardo Micua).
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