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PCSO to conduct parallel probe into STL operator’s slay in Albay

  • Written by Arlene Rivera
  • Published in Metro
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THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is set to conduct parallel investigation into the
death of a Small Town Lottery (STL) operator in Albay.

At the time, PCSO  General Manager Alexander Balutan condemned the killing of Alex Herman
Alemania, chairman of Lucky V Prime Enterprises, an authorized agent corporation (AAC).
    
Alemania died on Monday while being treated at the Albay Doctor’s Hospital due to a bullet
wound in the stomach while his female companion is still being treated for gunshot wounds she
sustained from the attackers.
    
 “The PCSO is not discounting any possibility that this has something to do with the internal
disputes among its stakeholders, so we are now investigating the case,” Balutan said.
    
He said if the result of the investigation shows that the ambush was due to the internal
dispute, “they have to settle it immediately or PCSO may be forced to take appropriate action against
the corporation. It may lose its authorization,” Balutan warned.
    
The general manager said the PCSO is very strict when it comes to internal disputes among its
AACs and will not hesitate to revoke their contract if the dispute is not settled immediately as this
would directly affects the operation of expanded STL in the province.
    
“The PCSO will not tolerate any internal dispute among its AACs as this would greatly affect
STL revenues. They are supposed to help us increase our revenues which will be used for PCSO’s
charitable services and programs,” he said.
    
Earlier, the agency threatened to stop Lucky V Prime from its STL operation over its failure
to meet its remittance obligations since it started operation last May due to internal problem and
misunderstanding among its stakeholders in the corporation.