MALACAÑANG has said Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board director Sandra Cam need not wait to be relieved from her post by President Rodrigo Duterte -- she can resign if she cannot stand the alleged corruption in the agency.
“As to Ms. Cam’s request to relieve her in her present post, she does not have to wait for her relief by the President. She can tender her resignation if she cannot stand the alleged corruption within the PCSO,” Chief Presidential Legal Counsel and presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
Cam held a press conference on Thursday and asked Duterte to remove her from her post at PCSO since she “can no longer take the corruption.”
According to reports, Cam said some P10 billion went missing as a result of the Peryahan ng Bayan project.
She also alleged that her fellow directors were pressuring her to reverse a revocation of PCSO Board Resolution 83 giving recognition to the new officers of Speedgame Inc. which operates the Small Town Lottery in Pangasinan.
Cam said Speedgame owes PCSO P132 million and that the PCSO is not focusing on collecting receivables from STL operators. Speedgame, she added, is headed by David Diciano, a classmate of Ted Quiano, chief of staff of PCSO chairman and general manager Anselmo Pinili.
Panelo said they have asked Cam to formalize and submit her complaint to the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission so it can be acted on accordingly.
He added that Cam could file charges against the PCSO officials she alleged are into corrupt activities and submit evidence to PACC.
“The President will order a full blown investigation on those allegations of corruption as soon as formal charges are filed,” Panelo said.
“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is beholden to no one. He will not spare even his close friends and long-time allies in his drive to weed out corruption in the bureaucracy. We repeat: There are no sacred cows in this administration,” he added.
Panelo said whistleblowers can be assured that Duterte will listen to their complaints of alleged corruption committed by government officials.
“We thus urge the likes of Ms. Cam to come forward and expose government shenanigans and malfeasance if she knows any. We assure her and other whistleblowers that they have PRRD’s ears in this regard,” he said.