BACOLOD City Councilor Renecito Novero said Sunday, February 26, that the Super Lucky Beagler Inc., an authorized Small Town Lottery (STL) operator in Negros Occidental, should secure a business permit to operate in the city.
“It’s part of the general principle of law that when you are operating in a local government unit (LGU), you should secure a business permit," Novero said.
Permits and Licensing Division head Stela Rose Rayos earlier said that the Super Lucky Beagler Inc. has no permit to operate.
Rayos said they will coordinate with the City Legal Office to determine their possible action against the STL agent, which is now operating in Bacolod.
Last week, a representative of Super Lucky Beagler went to the office of Senior Superintendent Jack Wanky, officer-in-charge of Bacolod City Police Office, and presented documents supposedly authorizing them to operate in all areas of Negros Occidental, including Bacolod.
Lucky Beagler’s representative told Wanky that they are exempted from secure a business permit.
"If they are invoking that they are exempted, then they should prove that by presenting another point of law that gives them a special treatment, but if they cannot then they are covered by general provision of law that requires them to secure a business permit," Novero said.
He added that until the case is clear, Super Lucky Beagler should secure business permit because the presumption is in favor of the LGU.
"The Local Government Code is very clear that when there is a doubt, the doubt should be in favor of the power or authority with the LGU," Novero said.
He added that Super Lucky Beagler can be possibly be operating illegally because they don’t have a business permit.
Meanwhile, the Task Force Crusaders has asked Congress to investigate the controversies related to STL under the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
John Chiong, national deputy commander of TFC, said in his letter to House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez there are unanswered questions about the operations of STL.
The government lost billions of revenues and collection from it, and the numbers game failed to curb illegal gambling.
“Your move to stop STL operations and to refund those who recently applied to operate in a city or town show your fairness and wisdom,” Chiong added in the letter.
Alvarez earlier urged the PCSO to stop its current operation of STL or face charges before the Office of the Ombudsman with the House of Representatives as main complainant.