A Member of the Legislative Body Criticizes the Filing Charges Against Pagcor Chairman

September 10, 2023 | Legal

MANILA, Philippines (September 9, 2023) — According to a local media outlet Cavite Rep. Elpidio Barzaga Jr. slammed the filing of what he termed as “trumped-up” charges against the chairman of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) and nine others before the Office of the Ombudsman.

The Manila Standard reports the case stemmed from the alleged disappearance of P75 million in performance bond posted by an e-sabong firm.

Barzaga, a former chair of the House committee on games and amusement, said PAGCOR chairman Alejandro Tengco has nothing to do with the allegations because the head of the PAGCOR then was Andrea Domingo.

Barzaga said it seems the complaint was meant to harass the PACOR chief.

Manila Standard reports that among those charged with malversation of public funds, qualified theft and falsification of private and commercial documents with Domingo and Tengco were his chief of staff Dianne Erica Jogno, and former board members Gabriel Claudio, Carmen Pedrosa, Reynaldo Concordia, and James Patrick Bondoc.

Joaquin Sy, chairman of the board and chief finance officer of Kamura Highlands Gaming and Holdings Inc., was the one who filed the complaint.

Tengco was included in the list of respondents even if he only assumed office as PAGCOR chair last week of August last year.

Tengco and Jogno were also charged with complaints of obstruction of justice for “their deliberate concealment of the crimes and unjustified refusal to respond to the letters of the complainant within the period prescribed (by the law).”

Barzaga pointed out that the complaint even included Concordia who died on June 17, 2021, and Pedrosa who passed away on June 8, 2022.

“The complainant doesn’t even know that a person’s death extinguishes civil and criminal liability. They’re blackening the memory of the late PAGCOR board members,” he said.

Barzaga commended Tengco for assuring the public that he would get to the bottom of the matter even if he had nothing to do with it, saying this shows strength of character.

While he thinks that it was “strange” that he was included in the complaint, Tengco earlier vowed to pursue PAGCOR’s own investigation and determine what really happened, and bring the perpetrators to justice if indeed there was any anomaly.”

The PAGCOR chief said he has launched an internal investigation and is trying to recreate the sequence of events.

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SOURCE: Manila Standard.

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