If the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office insists on operating in any town or city of Negros Occidental without a business permit, Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. warned yesterday that he will not hesitate to order their arrest.
Securing any business permit is the obligation of anybody who puts up a business, Marañon said.
Even the provincial government has applied for a business permit in Bacolod City, he pointed out.
PCSO acting chairman and general manager Jose Ferdinand Rojas II, wrote that his office wishes to conduct a one-year experimental test-run of the Peryahan Games, and has authorized Globaltech Mobile Online Corp. to be the provider, distributor and system supplier of the game.
In his letter to the governor Rojas said that the conduct of the Peryahan Games in the province, Rojas said that the PCSO will provide shares from the gross sales of the games.
As to claims that there is no need for permit business permit for PCSO, should it operate in Negros Occidental, Marañon said, “Then they should try it and I will have them arrested.”
Marañon said the majority of the towns and cities in the province already have Small Town Lottery, there is no need to add the Peryahan Games.
He added that STL already allocates big amounts to the local government to units, the police and for other needs.
Meanwhile, Marañon also congratulated the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office for a job well done in the campaign against illegal gambling, citing the recent raid in San Carlos City, that led to the arrest of 11 persons, confiscation of six motorcycles, recovery of more than P4,000 in alleged cash bets, and a .45 caliber pistol with ammunition.
He said the policemen are not only entitled to a plaque of recognition for their accomplishment, but also a “Christmas gift”, although he did not elaborate.*GPB
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