SAN CARLOS CITY—The new operator of Small Town Lottery (STL) in Pangasinan snubbed the invitation of the Sangguniang Panlungsod (SP) to appear during its regular session to explain its operations and why it has not secured business permit from the city government
Officials of the Speed Game Inc., (SGI) that operates STL in Pangasinan, particularly Joselito Millora, operations manager, and Jason Mamaat, administrator, did not appear with no explanation.
Vice Mayor Julier Resuello, SP presiding officer, said a special session will be called to hear Millora and Mamaat as well as Edita Romero, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) provincial manager in Pangasinan.
The SP, Resuello said, is bent on asking why the SGI has not applied for a business permit for its operations in the city like other business establishments in the city.
The SP would also like to inquire into the extent of operations of STL in the city, its income reporting, system of collecting bets from bettors and the determination of the share of the city government from its gross sales.
Resuello said the corporation is violating not only the rights of the city government but of all other towns where it operates by not securing business permits.
Pangasinan Mayors’ League president Silverio Alarcio Jr., mayor of Laoac town, earlier said that SGI should secure business permits in areas where it operates.
SGI replaced the Rapid Go Gaming Corporation whose accreditation was withdrawn by PCSO for failing to meet the quota set by it.
Resuello said other LGUs in Pangasinan are not made aware of the mechanics of the STL operations, particularly in collecting bets.
STL started operating in San Carlos City on January 3.
Resuello also pointed out that the city government has not received its share from the Rapid Go Gaming Corporation and fears that the city will continue to be in dark if nothing is explained to the city. (Leonardo Micua)
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