Philippine lottery agency responds to attack ads


The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office defended recent decisions favoring  Pacific Online Systems Corp. following an advertizing barrage by Philippine Gaming Management Corp. attacking the moves. The Sweepstakes Office renewed Pacific Online’s lottery terminal supply contract for Visayas and Mindanao without seeking competitive bids and allowed the company to install terminals in Luzon, where Philippine Gaming, owned by Malaysia’s Berjaya Group, was previously the only supplier. The Sweepstakes Office said that new bidding was unnecessary given the existing contract with Pacific Online as the contractor. “As a paying client, PCSO has the prerogative to expand the coverage area of its service providers,” it said. The Sweepstakes Office also reduced minimum spacing between sales outlets from 100 meters to 50 meters to shorten lines.