Alleged Death Threats, Internal Strife Plague Philippine Lottery Regulator

Infighting has enveloped the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) ahead of a Senate inquiry, with the agency’s chairman resigning amid a board member’s legal action over an alleged management death threat.

Volatility in Philippine gambling regulation is spreading from national regulator PAGCOR to the lottery regulator PCSO amid a politicised internal dispute linked to a detained senator and prisoner of conscience.

Incoming board member Sandra Cam, a former president of the Whistleblowers Association of the Philippines, filed charges with prosecutors alleging her two personal security staff overheard threats when PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan, deputy spokesman Florante Solmerin and other alleged Balutan staffers visited her office on December 29.

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