Duterte's Suspension of PCSO Games Affects Bloggers

President Rodrigo Duterte's order to suspend gaming platforms of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has affected bloggers.

Many lottery game-related blogs, which were created and managed by Filipinos, rely on draw results announced by the PCSO during their nationally televised draw. Bloggers earn from the views garnered from lottery fans and bettors in and outside the Philippines. Some of them earn as much as P20,000 to P40,000 monthly or even more depending on the number of views and clicks on ads that are shown on their sites.

After the President ordered the Philippine National Police to close down all PCSO gaming platforms such as lotto, Peryahan ng Bayan, small town lottery (STL), and Keno due to alleged "massive corruption" in the agency, the number of views on lottery results blogs and earnings dropped. This unfortunate turn of events stripped bloggers of their income and therefore negatively affected their capability to address theirs and their family's basic needs.

Licensees, game operators and outlet workers are begging to the President to let them continue with the operations pending an investigation on corruption and fraud allegations involving PCSO officials, employees and their cohorts. Some bloggers are joining them in their appeal.