Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan on Friday urged all officials and employees to close rank against continuing efforts to discredit and destroy the agency because of vested-political interest.
“We have to stand united against these evil forces that aim to frustrate the charity services and free health program of President Rodrigo Duterte just because these vested-interest personalities want to control the system of our lottery games. They want to bring back the old days – the old system that fattens the pockets of a few such as gambling lords and their protectors,” Balutan said.
Balutan sent his message to all employees of PCSO national offices and 63 branches in the country while he was in Palawan to personally handover a P5-million check donation to victims of the recent typhoon “Vinta” that killed dozens of residents in the southern towns of province.
“When I say unite, I’m not asking you to protect me as your general manager or the chairman. I’m asking you to protect and defend this institution (PCSO) from the likes of former bagman-turned-whistleblowers. Let’s be all careful, keep the fight,” he said.
Asked to identify these detractors, Balutan said one of them was Sandra Cam who is a member of the PCSO board.
“She dragged the name of the President but she failed to get what she really wants. She continues to invent stories and peddle this to the media but only a few believe her because the media community knew her very much, her shady background and bad reputation,” Balutan said.
Cam, a self-confessed friend of gambling lord Charlie “Atong” Ang, started her attack against the PCSO leadership in particular and the agency in general to get media mileage for her political ambitions and personal aggrandizement.
Balutan said Cam was engrossed with her personal ambitions to lord over the institution so she can make it as her political tool in the future.
“No way! As long as I’m at the saddle I will not allow anyone to bastardize the charity agency,” Balutan said.
“With the guidance of the board now led by Chairman Bong Pinili I will aggressively implement my mandate to bring PCSO closer to the people specially the indigents in far-flung municipalities where medical services are hardly accessible to government social services,” he added.
Pinili, a retired police general and “mistah” (classmate) of Balutan at the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) “Matikas” Class 1983, was appointed on January 15 by the President.
This was after the former chairman, Jose Jorge Elizalde Corpuz submitted his resignation due health reasons.
Staying true to its promise of bringing the services closer to the people, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has opened its 67th branch in Agusan del Sur recently. “Napakalayong lugar ito kaya nga dapat magkaroon ng isang branch doon para mabigyan ng tulong ang ating mga kababayan...