Timing conspicuous. SC orders lower courts to submit inventory of PCSO cases
The controversy brought by the abrupt closure of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s gaming operations took an unexpected turn on Monday.
This was after the Supreme Court came up with a circular ordering an inventory of all cases involving the beleaguered PCSO following accusations linking the agency, which was under the Office of the President, to graft and corruption.
In OCA Circular No. 133-2019, Court Administrator Midas Marquez directed first and second level courts to submit summaries of PCSO cases pending in their branches since January 2018.
The judges and clerks of court were required to update the high court of the status of the cases, whether pending or terminated, their dates of filing, and if temporary restraining order and writ of preliminary injunction were issued.
“In view of serious allegations of massive corruption involving small town lottery and other gaming franchises issued by the PCSO, some of which have reportedly reached the courts, all judges and branch clerks of court are hereby ordered to inform the Office of the Court Administrator of all their cases involving the PCSO and their respective status, if any, whether pending or terminated, filed beginning January 2018 until the present,” read the order.
Marquez issued the directive following his discussions with Chief Justice Lucas P. Bersamin in view of the “serious allegations of massive corruption involving small town lottery and other gaming franchises issued by the PCSO, some of which have supposedly reached the courts.”
Judges and clerck of courts were given until August 15 to comply with the order.