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LMP hangs STL endorsement

by Rey Anthony Chiu

Tagbilaran City (7 November) -- Knowing that tackling small town lottery (STL) is treading dangerous ground, Bohol mayors are sitting on the proposal to endorse the numbers game operation here during their recent meeting, November 5.

Majority of Bohol town dads also admit they still need to know more about the operational details of the numbers game before they could endorse the move to officially allow the numbers game to operate province-wide.

"One of the requirements for an STL operation is endorsements from either the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) or the Sangguniang Panlalawigan," Chairman and Jagna Mayor Exuperio Lloren explained.

Bohol III District Representative Adam Relson Jala has earlier proposed the STL entry, to kill the illegal numbers game here.

Over that, Bohol Bishop Leonardo Medroso said he'd pray for enlightenment about the move.

Jala pressed that STL operations would fatten government funds as operations put in their shares.

Before indulging the mayors to the discussion during their recent meeting at Sagbayan peak, Lloren said even Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) authorities revealed that they are not certain of the death of swertres if the STL comes in.

At the meeting, Mayor Telesforo Balagosa moved for the LMP to adopt an STL endorsement, arguing that his town could get revenues to fill the ones lost since cockfights in Lila had stopped.

However, even before the Balagosa motion could sink in, Rey Nino Boniel of Bien Unido asked for a deferment of the endorsement pending a meeting LMP can set with the PCSO in Manila.

Sagbayan Mayor Jimmy Torrefranca seconded Boniel motion adding the league should ask the private corporation intending to run the STL operations to present to them their plans.

"Let the private corporation intending to operate present to us so we can see for ourselves before we can endorse," Torrefranca said.

Meanwhile, Danao Mayor Thomas Louis Gonzaga pressed for deeper discussions. With him were Calape Mayor Sulpicio Yu, Clarin Mayor Hermogenes Diezon and Loay Mayor Rosemarie Imboy.

Amidst the jockeying positions, Balilihan Mayor Victoria Chatto appealed to his colleagues as a mother to think about any move arguing on the morality of the issue. (PIA) [top]

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