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Quezon mayor rejects STL operation, insists health protocols

By Gemi Formaran
July 26, 2020


Mayor Macario "Macky" Boongaling
 CANDELARIA, Quezon - Local chief executives of Quezon province have welcomed the resumption of Small Town Lottery (STL) operation next month except for a mayor of this premier town.

Mayor Macario "Macky" Boongaling clarified that he is not against the STL operation as it will contribute revenues to the municipal government aside from employment.

However, the mayor explained that he is worried about the risk it may bring to the health of bettors and employees of the operator due to COVID pandemic.

"Hindi naman ako kontra sa STL. Ang plano ko lang, sundin muna namin ang mga health protocols para din sa kaligtasan ng mga tao. Ipa rapid test ko muna ang nasa 300 empleyado ng operator para tiyakin na hindi sila infected ng COVID-19 (coronavirus desease) at kung may mag positibo, ipapagamot muna namin", said Boongaling.





The mayor vowed that immediately after the Pirouette Corporation personnel are found cleared of the virus, he would give the "green light" to the sole operator of STL in Quezon.

Pirouette officials met with the mayors the otherday in preparation to the resumption of its operation which was ordered stopped by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) due to the pandemic. Except for Boongaling, all the mayors expressed their approval to the corporation's plan to operate next month. CAPTION: Boongaling

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