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PAGCOR, PCSO toughen vs fraudulent pleas for help

Joshua Lao

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The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) team up for a stronger cooperation against fraudulent requests for financial medical assistance.

This develops as both Pagcor and the PCSO temporarily cease accepting so-called walk-in requests for help.

“This follows the initial announcement of PAGCOR on 13 November 2019 that it would temporarily stop accommodating requests for financial aid beginning 14 November due to fraud committed by a couple who submitted fake documents for fictitious medical cases,” PAGCOR said.

“While PAGCOR will pursue legal action against the couple, they have been released for humanitarian considerations,” it added.

According to the gaming regulator, they will resume the acceptance of medical assistance requests provided such are first endorsed by the PCSO for verification.

“The PCSO will confirm whether a request (for medical assistance) has been issued a PCSO guarantee letter,” it said.

“Under the arrangement, PAGCOR taps the assistance of the PCSO which has more human and organizational resources or experience in processing requests for medical assistance,” it added.

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