PCSO agrees to meet with PNP after funding threats

PCSO chair Jose Jorge Corpuz says he is willing to meet with PNP chief Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa to “clear gray areas” in their fight against illegal gambling, local media reports.

Last week, PCSO general manager Alexander Balutan said they were planning to cut its funding by around 50 percent because of what they described as PNP’s ‘anemic’ performance in their campaign against illegal gambling.

“Let us lay all our cards on the table and not hide any card. If [the arrests of illegal gamblers] were anemic, we have to double our efforts,” said Dela Rosa in an interview.

In response, Corpuz agreed to meet with Dela Rosa as soon as possible.

“Sitting down with PCSO is an opportunity for both parties to clarify issues for the smooth implementation of STL (Small Town Lottery)” and “clear gray areas between the legal STL and the illegal numbers game,” added Balutan.