PCSO officials asked to ‘voluntarily leave’ posts amid corruption probe

Marje Pelayo

Recoboda Party-list Rep. Godofredo Guya on Thursday (August 1) asked officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to file a voluntary leave of absence while the investigation on the alleged corruption within the agency rolls on.

 “We should ask them that they should voluntary…mag-leave muna sila (to take a leave for now),” Guya said.

“Kung ayaw nilang umalis, nakakahiya sa taumbayan, (If they refuse to leave, it would be unethical),” he added.

Guya’s call was to ensure that those involved wouldn’t have the chance to influence the result of the investigation.

The lawmaker also supports the publication of the names involved in the controversy.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives (HOR) wants an immediate start of the probe.

The House Committee on Games and Amusement is planning to call the former and the current officials of the state-run gaming service to hear their explanation on the matter.

“Magkakaroon po kami ng pagpupulong para nga talaga bilisan agad ang pagpapatawag ng congressional inquiry para magkaroon ng imbestigasyon ang kongreso sa massive corruption sa PCSO, (We will set up a meeting to discuss how to expedite the congressional inquiry on the massive corruption in PCSO),” said Committee member ACT-CIS party-list Rep. Niña Taduran.

So far, the Lower House has received two resolutions seeking an investigation on the alleged irregularities inside the PCSO.

The PCSO, for its part, assured to cooperate with the probe. – (MNP with details from Grace Casin)

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