BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia said Tuesday he tasked the City Legal Office (CLO) to conduct a study to determine if the City Government should require lottery operator Super Lucky Beagler Inc. to secure a business permit.
Super Lucky Beagler is an authorized Small Town Lottery (STL) operator in Negros Occidental.
Leonardia said he received reports that it is exempted from securing a permit.
"I would prefer that they should have a business permit, but if the law says that they are exempted, I don't have a legal basis to insist," he said. "I'm consistent in my stand that we will allow the STL as long as it is legal."
Leonardia added that in previous years, the City Government had share in the total income of the STL operator.
Permits and Licensing Division head Stela Rose Rayos had earlier said that Super Lucky Beagler has no permit to operate.
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.
Super Lucky Beagler's representative also told Wanky that they are exempted from securing a business permit.
Leonardia said securing a permit is another matter and if it is proven that the STL operator is required to a secure permit, the City Government will insist.
Councilor Renecito Novero had earlier said it is part of the general principle of law that when you are operating in a local government unit (LGU), you should secure a business permit.