CAGAYAN DE ORO SOLON OPPOSES PAGCOR PRIVATIZATION
“Pagcor is earning tens of billions of pesos a year for the government and for its numerous public service programs. I am strongly against privatizing it,” he said.
He said despite the pandemic, Pagcor earned P26.7 billion in the first half of this year, P32.6 billion last year and P30 billion in 2020 when the health crisis erupted.
While expressing opposition against the privatization of Pagcor, the Mindanao lawmaker said Pagcor cannot continue being a regulator and at the same a player in the gaming industry.
Rodriguez proposed the creation of a Casino Gaming Regulatory Authority so that Pagcor could continue to be a gaming-casino operator.
He suggested that agency officials talk to former Pampanga congressman Joseller “Yeng” Guiao and former mayor Jerry Pelayo of Candaba town in Pampanga, who have written letters to newspapers pleading for the government to put an end to e-sabong.
However, e-sabong is a lot worse because it drives people to debt and death, they said.
Pelayo and Guiao said farmers and poor people sell whatever they have due to their newfound addiction to e-sabong.
“Pagcor should see the evils its online cockfighting project has brought about. It doesn’t need e-sabong. It generates enough revenues for its programs,” the Cagayan de Oro lawmaker said. (PR)
Grabbed from Rufus Rodriguez Facebook