Pampanga Gov Pineda blasts Sandra Cam

PAMPANGA Governor Lilia Pineda blasted jueteng bagman-turned-whistleblower Sandra Cam who theatrically accused her husband, businessman Bong Pineda, of allegedly using Small Town Lottery (STL) of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) as front of jueteng operations.

“Huwag kang mag-akusa kung wala ka namang ebidensya!” Pineda reacted in a television interview.

The governor was apparently disgusted by the theatrics of Cam to dramatize in front of the televised hearing conducted by the Senate Committee on Games and Amusement.

“Ang sinasabi ko, madaling mag-akusa, pero totoo ba ‘yun? Kung may mga differences sila, personal, huwag naman sila magsama ng ibang tao,” Pineda said.

According to Cam, there’s this gambling lord who is protecting PCSO officials. When challenged by Committee Chairman Sen. Panfilo Lacson to name the person, Cam blurted out, “It’s Bong Pineda!”

Cam claimed Bong Pineda owns and operates 16 out of 92 Authorized Agent Corporations (AACs) by PCSO.

“Babae s’ya makukuha naman ‘yan sa harap-harapan na pag-sit down lang – usapan, kung ano ang mali,” Pineda said. “Pero huwag ka munang magturo, mag-akusa ng tao.”

Pineda also denied accusations that they are close with Balutan and clarified that their only contact was when the agency gives financial assistance to the province.

“Nagbibigay sila ng support, ng hundred millions dun sa mga maysakit…sa aming mga governor,” said Pineda.

Pineda dares Cam as PCSO board member to sit down and look into the problem and solutions rather than accuse and point fingers.

“Ang sa akin lang, sumapi ka dyan, upuan mo. Tignan mo kung ano ang para sa’yo bilang director. Tignan mo kung paano mo iayos,” said Pineda.

Records show that PCSO-STL made history by generating P15.7-billion revenue (P1.3 billion/month) in 2017 alone from only P4.7 billion per year in nine years.

Balutan attributed the record high revenue with strong support, unflinching loyalty and dedicated service of the PCSO workforce.

Earlier, Balutan dared STL critics to produce evidence proving he shortchanged the government revenue from STL.

“I will never gamble my impeccable military records as PMA (Philippine Military Academy) Cavalier and TOPS (The Outstanding Philippine Soldier) Awardee and more than 35 military service awards mostly won for gallantry in combat for these flimsy STL issues,” said Balutan.

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