“Which will you choose, the legal or illegal?”
This was the question posed by Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr.on whether he is in favor of the operation of Small Town Lottery (STL).
Marañon pointed out that STL is “legal, and it gives a share to the host local government unit.”
BRITISH EMBASSY: British Ambassador Asif Ahmad hosted a welcome party recently at his residence in Manila to welcome Deputy Ambassador Nigel Boud (center), previously the British High Commission’s Political Counsellor in Kuala Lumpur. The party also celebrated Ambassador Ahmad’s second anniversary in the Philippines. Guests included (l-r) British Embassy Warden for Negros Occidental Robert Harland and US Ambassador Phil Goldberg.*
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Without STL, illegal gambling will proliferate, he said.
The issue on the operation of STL comes on the heels of the approval of the Bacolod City Sanggunian of a Resolution of No Objection (RONO), in response to the request of Super Lucky Beagler, Inc., operator of some STL outlets in Negros Occidental.
Bacolod councilors Em Ang, Roberto Rojas, Wilson Gamboa Jr., Alex Paglumotan, Noli Villarosa, and Caesar Distrito voted to allow STL operations in the city, while El Cid Familiaran and Sonya Verdeflor did not.
City Mayor Monico Puentevella is yet to decide whether to sign the SP’s RONO allowing STL operation in Bacolod, or not.
Puentevella noted, however, that the Catholic Church specifically the Diocese of Bacolod did not oppose STL operations in Negros Occidental.
“What’s the difference between the province and the city?,” the mayor said, adding that he will talk to the councilors, and also to church leaders if they wanted to.