2 groups fighting for ownership of STL franchise in Pangasinan

DAGUPAN CITY — Seven personnel of an about to be opened Small Town Lottery (STL) station in Poblacion Oeste in Dagupan City were arrested by the police at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday on the complaint of another person claiming to be the corporate executive officer (CEO) of a legitimate company that is the authorized agent corporation of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) for the province of Pangasinan.

Those arrested were Ronaldo Biluhan, Dennis Biluhan, Rodel Cornejo, Rey Maligaya, Noriega Macasaet, Rey Abliam and Lorenzo Mercana of Quezon and Batangas provinces, claiming to be with the Golden Go Rapid Gaming Corporation (GGRGC).

They were arrested on the complaint of Arthur Jose, CEO of the real Golden Go Rapid Gaming Corporation, the company that is authorized to operate STL in Pangasinan.

Jose went to the police station after he saw the company advertising sign being put up on a house on Careenan Street in Poblacion Oeste, claiming that this one is fake as he is the only representative and CEO of GGRGC authorized to operate STL in Dagupan and Pangasinan, citing their draw court located at the PCSO office in Urdaneta City.

One of the arrested suspects, Rodel Cornejo, said that they just arrived in Dagupan City Monday night after being called by one Anthony Angangco, said to be the STL operator in Dagupan City.

Jose, however, said Cornejo’s group is the fake GGRGC and has no authority to represent the company.

He said he already called their lawyer in Manila and will be filing cases of fraud and misrepresentation against the seven suspects and their supposed manager as soon as he arrives in Dagupan on Wednesday.

Jose said that having a national franchise from the PCSO, GGRGC need not secure any business permit from the Dagupan City government once they start operating soon. But he said they will make a courtesy call to the city officials once they start to operate.

He said the winning number of the STL will be drawn by a machine similar to the one being used in lotto and will be witnessed by the public and hinted that the fake STL will operate like the illegal jueteng. LVM/PNA-northboundasia.com