PCSO to continue medical assistance program despite suspension

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The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) said in a statement released Monday, July 29, that it will continue with its medical assistance program at the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City as well as in all PCSO Branch Offices nationwide.

“May we inform the public that our Individual Medical Assistance Program (IMAP) services at the Lung Center of the Philippines in Quezon City and all PCSO Branch Offices nationwide will still be available today onwards, unless otherwise instructed,” the PCSO said in an Official Statement published on its Official Facebook page.

The announcement came after the televised message made by the President last Friday ordering the suspension of all PCSO lotto and gaming operations throughout the country due to alleged massive corruption in the office.

The PCSO immediately implemented the suspension order Saturday morning but said it will appeal to the President for the resumption of its operations.

Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menandro Guevarra said yesterday that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will conduct investigation on the alleged massive corruption in the agency.

“I believe that until this investigation is completed and people responsible for cheating the government have been unmasked, PCSO gaming operations such as lotto and small town lottery (STL), which are otherwise legal, may not resume,” the Justice Chief added.

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