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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte closed lotteries due to corruption

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered late Friday the indefinite closure of popular lotteries run by the government's sweepstakes agency.

Motivating this decision due to alleged massive corruption, he specified that even courts couldn't stop his order. The national police and the military were asked to immediately close all lottery and gambling outlets of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office, or PCSO. "It's all cheating and the contracts were like crafted in favor of corruption and to favor other corporations and people. I will not allow it," Duterte said. "Jueteng," a popular lottery game, has been regarded for years as a notorious source of huge bribe money for corrupt police officials and politicians.

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President Rodrigo R. Duterte on Monday dedicated a large portion of his 4th State of the Nation Address expressing his frustration over corruption. The President, meanwhile, urged Filipinos to use the government’s 8888 hotline to report corruption complaints. Duterte also said Malacañan Palace would be open to receive complaints for 24 hours so long as it involved corruption. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte threatened to kill corrupt police, including those accused of involvement in illegal drugs and other crimes.

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