Negros Occidental Vice Governor Genaro Alvarez Jr. yesterday denied benefiting from Small Town Lottery operations when he was congressman, and will seek a National Bureau of Investigation probe to get to the bottom of the allegation.
Alvarez was reacting to a report in a national newspaper that said 54 congressmen, including five from Negros Occidental, allegedly benefited from STL operations from 2007 to 2010.
Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office director Aleta Tolentino was quoted by The Philippine Star as saying that STL operators directly remitted to the congressmen their share of the STL sales representing net proceeds from the areas where they operate.
The Philippine Star reported that of the 54 congressmen from the 14th Congress who allegedly benefited from STL, among them were Negros Occidental Reps. Julio Ledesma (First District), Alfredo Marañon III (Second District), Ignacio Arroyo Jr. (Fifth District) and Alvarez (Sixth District), and former Third District Rep. Jose Carlos Lacson.
The STL operator in Negros Occidental was identified as Super Lucky Beagler Inc.
Marañon like Alvarez denied receiving any STL money.
Alvarez said he had never received any gambling money when he was congressman and will have the proper agency investigate who was responsible for the allegation hurled against him.
Ledesma, Lacson and Arroyo could not be reached for comment as of press time.*CPG