New STL operator in Iloilo seeks help vs ‘bookies’

Red Subay Gaming Corporation (RSGC), the new Small Town Lottery (STL) operator in Iloilo province, underscored the important role being played by local chief executives and policemen in eliminating illegal gambling operations.

Lawyer Romel Duron, one of the incorporators and legal counsel of RSGC, appealed to mayors and police chiefs of the province’s 42 towns and one component city to sustain their crackdown on “STL bookies” and other illegal numbers games.

“We are asking their cooperation because we want the money to go to them and not to illegal gambling operators,” he told reporters.

RSGC is the only firm authorized by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to operate STL in the province. Its operations started on Monday, October 8.

Local government units (LGUs) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), among others receive funds from the proceeds of STL earnings every month.

Last week, the PCSO conducted a consultative meeting, which was attended by mayors and police chiefs in the province.

Provincial Administrator Raul Banias, Iloilo Police Provincial Office (IPPO) director Senior Superintendent Marlon Tayaba, and Federico Damole, PCSO-Visayas department manager, were present at the meeting.

RSGC, under the agreement, is mandated to remit P111-million Presumptive Monthly Retail Receipt (PMRR) to the PCSO.

The firm’s chief operating officer (COO) is Octavio Antonio Marasigan. Other incorporators are Nehru Ampatuan, Noel Virtucko, and Anthony Pe.Kaith Mallorca/IMT