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Aquino reprimands Juico for turning down Roxas request

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Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chair Margarita Juico

There seems to be a controversy that is clouding the resignation of resigned Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) chairman Margarita Juico.

President Benigno Aquino III reprimanded and warned Juico for failing to comply with the request of Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas II for documents and other information on the new game Bingo Mil-yonaryo.

In a news report, a memorandum was obtained dated June 11, 2013, saying that Aquino told that Roxas requested for the documents, but that the PCSO had declined to release them.

“It is therefore both disappointing and embarrassing to know that an agency attached to the Office of the President has refused to respond to a formal reasonable request from the DILG secretary, who is considered an alter ego of the President himself,” read the memorandum.

“I find PCSO’s refusal inexcusable and unjustified, considering that these requests are proper and legitimate, guided by instruction from the President.”

Aquino directed Juico to provide any and all relevant documents and information that the DILG had requested.

“Stern warning is hereby given to all PCSO officials concerned that unjustified failure or refusal to comply with these requests shall be dealt with more severity,” read the memorandum.

The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) on May 22, 2013 asked Juico and the PCSO Board of Directors for the documents so it  could complete the review of the government’s policy on anti-illegal numbers games.

Juico denied that the PCSO had refused to provide the DILG with the documents.

On Thursday, Juico filed her resignation before Aquino and the day after, the President approved the resignation letter.

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