We write in behalf of several applicants for Franchise to Operate the PCSO Loterya ng Bayan (PLB) as formalized per PCSO Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) dated February 11, 2011. With much concern, we feel that these applicants have suffered undue prejudice on account of the delayed, if not dilatory, approval of the what purports to be IRR apparently endorsed to the Office of the President since June, 2011 allegedly for fine tuning.
The Office of the President under Secretary Paquito Ochoa since then sat on the IRR and has given the President himself Hon. Benigno Simeon C. Aquino III botched time table where the latter announced with much confidence before several forums particularly in Lucena City, Quezon Province in September, 2012 and sometime in May, 2013 right after the elections, that finally the PLB shall be launched and the awardees with specific franchise area within congressional districts and cities nationwide shall be disclosed without further delay. The President himself further authoritatively declared that per contractual stipulations, STL operators have until June 30, 2013 upon expiry of their contracts with PCSO. Thereafter PLB awardees as officially named take over.