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Balutan: PCSO detractors not happy with STL expansion

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office General Manager Alexander Balutan said he will not allow critics eyeing control of Small Town Lottery to destroy the agency.   "Only our detractors who want to control STL for their own personal interest are not happy with this because they hallucinate so much. Imagine the billions of pesos they are now losing because of our aggressive expansion of the STL where these notorious gambling lords used to monopolize their illegal numbers game such as jueteng, swertres, masiao, pares..." Balutan said during a presseron Sundayat the Summit Circle in Cebu.   On Monday, Balutan skipped the Senate hearing on various PCSO controversies...Keep on reading: Balutan: PCSO detractors not happy with STL expansion.....»»

Category: newsSource: inquirer inquirerFeb 12th, 2018

Balutan urges PCSO employees to close ranks vs detractors

PHILIPPINE Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan has called on all officials and employees to close ranks against what he described as continuing efforts to discredit and destroy the agency by “vested political interest.” “They want to bring back the old days – the old system that fattens the pockets of a few [...] The post Balutan urges PCSO employees to close ranks vs detractors appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2018

PCSO& rsquo;s Balutan shares secrets to leading a successful agency

PCSO& rsquo;s Balutan shares secrets to leading a successful agency.....»»

Category: newsSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJan 17th, 2019

One Championship looks to make MMA splash in States

By Dan Gelston, Associated Press How many casual American sports fans about a year ago had heard of One? Try none. OK, maybe that's a bit of a reach. But the Singapore-based mixed martial arts organization was an afterthought at best in the United States among the hodgepodge of companies trying to put a dent in UFC's heavyweight share of the combat sports marketplace. Try ignoring One Championship now. After staging shows for seven years across Asia from Myanmar to China, One has come out swinging in the U.S. — throwing millions at big-name free agents, signing a major cable TV deal and raising capital needed to not only keep its grip as the dominant MMA promotion of the East, but perhaps use global expansion to eventually rival UFC as the champ of the West. "They're making a serious push," One fighter Eddie Alvarez said. "I don't think it's going to be long before you can crown them one of the top promotions in the world. They've done everything possible in their favor to become that." Alvarez, a Philadelphia native, should know as well as any fighter about One's commitment to becoming a major player in the U.S. fight game. "The Underground King" has fought for several MMA promotions and made his name in Bellator as a two-time lightweight champion and in UFC where he won the same title in 2016 and headlined the promotion's first card in Madison Square Garden against Conor McGregor. The 34-year-old Alvarez became a free agent after his last fight in July 2018 and decided to explore his options outside UFC. He traveled to Singapore and met One founder and CEO Chatri Sityodtong and learned U.S. expansion plans and acquiring other name fighters were on the horizon, as well as ongoing talks that would broadcast fights in America. Alvarez was impressed, not just by One's outline for the future, but in a multimillion dollar contract offer that he says makes him one of the highest-paid fighters in the sport. "Our deal is more in the lines of a real pro sport deal, like football or baseball," Alvarez said. "The package deal is an eight-figure deal. When we brought that to the UFC to match it, they declined matching it and I had to move forward. I'm happy I did because One Championship is the only major promotion that I have not won and conquered the world title in. It's history and legacy for me." Alvarez was part of a flurry of transactions that put MMA fans on notice that One was intent on becoming a singular sensation. One obtained Demetrious Johnson, the long-reigning UFC flyweight champion better known as "Mighty Mouse," in a trade with UFC — yes, a trade — for Ben Askren. Sage Northcutt, once hailed as a future UFC star, also signed with One. Meisha Tate, a former 135-pound champion in UFC and Strikeforce, has signed on as One's vice president and was set to move to Singapore. One strengthened its roster with notable U.S.-based talent ahead of a North American television deal with Turner Sports. The three-year deal will see One content broadcast on Turner's platforms including TNT, which is received by more than 90 million households in the United States, as well as streaming platform Bleacher Report Live and other Turner properties. Turner, which also broadcasts the NBA and the NCAA Tournament, is set to air 24 events in 2019 on its various outlets. B/R Live will stream One: Eternal Glory on Jan. 19 from Jakarta, Indonesia. That date is already familiar to MMA fans — UFC is running its debut show on ESPN-plus the same night (yet in different time zones). Johnson and Alvarez will make their One Championship debuts on March 31 in Japan in tournament competition. "I'm not the smallest guy in the organization anymore," the 5-foot-3 Johnson said. "In America, everybody always looked at me as a child. I won't have that issue when I'm in Asia competing." More elite fighters could be on their way to One. Alvarez, who said he left on good terms with UFC and President Dana White, has suddenly become quite popular among his MMA peers. "Every fighter in town is sliding into my DMs. What's going on? What are you being offered?" Alvarez said, laughing. Sityodtong, raised in Thailand and a graduate of Harvard Business School, is the self-made multimillionaire entrepreneur behind One. He's made a name as the most powerful MMA executive in Asia and has trained and coached in martial arts. Alvarez was wowed — and wooed — by Sityodtong's approach toward building One into an American MMA juggernaut. "In three years, our goal is 100 million live viewers per event, making us as big as Super Bowl Sunday," Sityodtong said at the press conference to introduce Alvarez. One has been aggressive in establish a U.S. foothold in large part because of an influx of cash from some of the top venture capital firms in the world. Sequoia Capital and Singaporean sovereign wealth fund Temasek helped One secure an additional $166 million in funding in October. One said at the time of the announcement it had exceeded $250 million in total capital base. One also recently announced an exclusive partnership in Japan with TV Tokyo, one of the country's largest national television broadcasters. One could quickly crush Bellator as the No. 2 promotion in the United States with a national TV deal and become a viable option for free-agent fighters — even with no scheduled events in America. Plenty of other promotions are also trying to compete or at least carve out a viable slice of the MMA pie, including the Professional Fighters League, which boasts Kevin Hart and Mark Burnett as celebrity investors, as well as Cage Fury Fighting Championship and numerous promotions that air fights in various disciplines under UFC's Fight Pass online subscription service. Alvarez has a stout belief that the MMA promotion made in Asia can make it in America. "The fans there get it," Alvarez said, "and it won't be long until the American fans here get it, as well.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsJan 12th, 2019

PCSO decries Peryahan over false representation

THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) on Friday warned the operators of the Peryahan ng Bayan that they will be criminally prosecuted if they do not stop using the agency’s name and logo in their operations. In a press statement, PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan said the agency has received reports that the outlets of […] The post PCSO decries Peryahan over false representation appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 28th, 2018

PCSO inaugurates Guimaras branch

Page Maker: Zedrick Señeres TO reach more indigent recipients, the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PSCO) recently opened its Guimaras branch at the Municipality of San Miguel in Jordan. No less than Alexander Balutan, PCSO national general manager; along with Remeliza Gabuyo, assistant general manager; led the celebration. They were joined by Jeanette Tañales-Lloyd, PCSO Visayas […] The post PCSO inaugurates Guimaras branch appeared first on The Daily Guardian......»»

Category: newsSource:  thedailyguardianRelated NewsDec 14th, 2018

Peryahan ng Bayan illegal - PCSO | The Manila Times Online

Huwag magpaloko, Huwag magpagoyo (Dont be deceived. Dont be duped)! This was the stern warning of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan regarding the continued.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsDec 12th, 2018

‘Peryahan ng Bayan’ illegal – PCSO

“Huwag magpaloko, Huwag magpagoyo (Don’t be deceived. Don’t be duped)!” This was the stern warning of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan regarding the continued illegal operations…READ The post ‘Peryahan ng Bayan’ illegal – PCSO appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsDec 11th, 2018

PCSO, NBI padlock 5 Globaltech ‘peryahan’ in QC

  The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) have shut down five "Peryahan ng Bayan" of Globaltech Mobile Online Corporation in Quezon City. PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan revealed this in a statement on Friday, adding that Wednesday's raids led to the arrest of 57 bet collectors of Globaltech. According to Balutan, the arrested persons will be facing charges for violation of Anti-Illegal Numbers Games Laws and Cyber Crime Law. Balutan said seized during the raid were four sets of desktop computers, fake PCSO identification cards, bet slips, and several pieces of documents as well as vehicles used for bet colle...Keep on reading: PCSO, NBI padlock 5 Globaltech ‘peryahan’ in QC.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 16th, 2018

Jueteng money used to buy votes – PCSO

LEGAZPI CITY: Philippines Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan said the charity office wants to stop the operation of illegal numbers game (jueteng) in the country as it is being used to buy votes by some local government units (LGUs). “We want to fully eradicate jueteng because this is the source of LGUs… link: Jueteng money used to buy votes – PCSO.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsOct 28th, 2018

NBA Asia Managing Director Levy: We don t take the Pinoy fanbase lightly

The Philippines is unique, among the countries Scott Levy, NBA Asia Managing Director, handles. Tasked to oversee the development and expansion of the NBA's strategic initiatives in Asia (with the exception of Greater China and India), the Philippines is a different situation for Levy, compared to say, Thailand, or Malaysia. Unlike other countries in the region, basketball is well-engrained in the local Philippine culture, as is the NBA. In that regard, the job is easy. But diehard fans, and this country is full of diehard NBA fans, want different things, and want much more of it. And Levy and the rest of the NBA Asia office know it's important to keep them happy. Speaking to reporters as part of a roundtable Q&A session, Levy admitted that satisfying Philippine demand continues to be the biggest challenge. Citing the league's local TV partners, which include ABS-CBN, Solar, and FOX, as well as the implementation of League Pass via mobile companies Smart and Globe, Levy said, "We want to make sure that there are enough games, and that there are enough outlets [to get those games], that people can continue to interact and really get to know [the NBA] beyond maybe what the scores are. "We want to bring more players here, bring the real experiences. So we bring NBA players during the year, we bring NBA legends (the league directly brings around 3-4 players and legends to the country each year), we have dance teams, we have mascots [so that] people can get very close to the game." This differs very much from other countries in Asia. Whereas in other countries, NBA Asia devotes resources to growing the game, often teaming up with local governments' sports ministries, there's no need to teach the basics here. "That just means we take a higher level approach to coaching and make sure that there's another step that they may [take]," said Levy, who cited the example of bringing in Fil-Am coach Erik Spoelstra of the Miami Heat into the Philippines to help impart higher-level coaching techniques. Because the country is further down the line in terms of hoops techniques, the league's Jr. NBA program which is presented in the Philippines by Alaska, has played a huge role in recent years. "Nearly two million kids have come through the program...to improve their skill level. Many of our players have moved on to play in the UAAP, in the NCAA. Some are now in the PBA. So we want to contribute to the existing strength of the basketball community here," Levy said. It hasn't always been smooth sailing though. Recently, ventures like the NBA Cafe and the NBA Stores in the Philippines saw their licenses expire and close. For Levy though, it's similar to the familiar "shoot your shot" maxim in hoops. "We're willing to try things and if they're successful, great, we'll continue them," he said. "But if we think there are better ways to engage, we'll do that." Levy added that while the physical stores may be gone, fans can still purchase NBA merch through NBAStore.com, and other places like Nike, Toby's and Titan. Levy also applauded how knowledgable local fans are with regards to players and teams. While it's often thought that a large chunk of Pinoy fans are Lakers fans, Levy said that when you look at the data, it's winning teams that are able to capture the attention of Filipinos, with the obvious exception of teams in areas with large Filipino communities, such as San Francisco and the Golden State Warriors. "For me, here in the Philippines, we don't have to do much more than just make sure the players and the teams are exposed, because Filipino fans understand great play, and they understand great players. And when teams win, or players do amazing things, they become popular here," he said.   Looking ahead to the future, Levy believes that mobile will still be the way to go, though with a caveat. "As the streaming speeds continue to improve...then we'll be able to deliver more content," Levy said. "We'll continue to adjust the delivery of our product as the speeds improve." He added that the league wants to look into more basketball mobile games, even locally or regionally developed ones, to help educate fans on players and give them more ways to interact. To sum it up, Levy once again reiterated that the Philippines is "incredibly important," to the Association. "It probably is the market with the highest fan affinity for basketball, and that's daunting. To satisfy everybody, that's a full-time job. "We don't take the fanbase here lightly. We are focused on making sure that everybody is happy with what they have available and we're listening for the things that we need to do better."   Without a doubt, that's music to the Philippine fans' ears. SIX SHOTS Here are six other topics Levy touched on during the interview: 1. On the Philippines hosting another NBA Global Games "The challenge with [the Global Games] is always, there's 15,000 people in that building, and there's a hundred million Filipinos that we're trying to engage around the NBA. So while the games are great, we are really spending our time figuring out how we can engage a hundred million Filipinos. "But it's always in consideration and hopefully at some point in the future, we'll be able to bring the game back here again." 2. On the impact of a full-Pinoy player making it in the NBA "That question has always perplexed me, because the fanbase here is so strong already. I mean clearly Jordan Clarkson is very popular here, but he's not the most popular NBA player [in the Philippines]. So would a Filipino player be the most popular player? If he was the best player in the NBA, he'd probably be the most popular player, but if he's not, I think Filipinos will follow that player, and will continue to follow the best players in the NBA because that's the expectation here in the Philippines - 'I'm looking for the best players and the best teams and that's who I want to follow.' "But [by] the number of people who are playing in this country, I think it's just a matter of time before we have multiple local Filipinos playing in the NBA. It's definitely going to happen. The game is getting better, the coaches are getting better, the level of talent in the PBA continues to go up, and there are more Filipino players coming to the US and playing in university [NCAA] so it's definitely going to happen." 3. On the passing of FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann "I personally knew Patrick and there was nobody that spent more time and energy and basically dedicated their life to the sport of basketball and had such a great impact on the sport of basketball around the world. It’s a tragic loss. Personally, I will miss Patrick and he worked very closely with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum. They had just seen him in a FIBA conference in Xi’an, China a few days before and typically with Patrick he was off in Argentina in another basketball event. I mean, he just, he was tireless in his efforts and he had tremendous success and it’s a tremendous loss to the entire basketball community." 4. On the NBA expanding the game towards female fans in the Philippines. "[For the Jr. NBA PH program] our goal is always 50-50, boys-girls. We haven’t yet achieved that here in the Philippines but again, working closely with the schools, working with Alaska, working with SM...the percentage continues to increase. I'm not exactly sure what the [numbers are] last year, but it's still too low. "I think that’s why it’s a little bit of frustrating here. In countries like Thailand and Indonesia, where, well Thailand has more than 50 percent girls, and in Vietnam and Indonesia it’s over 40 percent right now. So, again, our goal is 50-50. This sport is gender neutral, we bring WNBA players into market, we’ve done that many times already and now we’re going into schools to really try to encourage young girls to play the game." 5. On giving tips to local leagues to become more successful "We’re not here to dictate how a league should be run. What we’re trying to do is understand where we can be helpful, if they’re looking for assistance in building an arena, we’re happy to help with that. If they’re looking [at] how to enhance ticket sales, how to expand the live in-arena experience. Whatever it is that they may ask for our assistance, we are here to help. We support local basketball in every way we can but we’re not being prescriptive in saying this is how you should run a league in the Philippines. There’s way more knowledge on the ground here in the country than we have about what’s successful here." 6. On sports stars from other leagues interacting with NBA players "Our players are incredible. They are global icons, they’re incredible on social media which continues to grow their fanbase….because our players are active on social and they’re interested, personally interested in fashion and technology and gaming, and music and they have relationships with Jay-Z and with Usher, with every other top performer and other athletes are also interested because they’re fans. So when we do an event in London, we get calls from players on Chelsea, and on Tottenham and on Liverpool and on Man U and say “Hey, we wanna come to the game because we wanna see these athletes play. "So, anytime there is an athlete that is a fan of the NBA we will look to engage them. We work with all other sports leagues and we’re also fans. Our players are fans. There’s an opportunity to go to Camp Nou in Barcelona, our players want to be there. So, this is more driven by the players, their personal interests in other sports and other athletes and luckily our athletes are generally pretty popular around the world, and we’ll encourage that engagement and facilitate some particularly social media moments where Neymar comes into the locker room and exchanges a jersey with Steph Curry. We had Ronaldinho wearing a Carmelo Anthony jersey, dribbling a basketball on his head. All these moments are really special for the crossover fans from one sport to another. But it’s really driven by our players’ personal interest or other athletes’ personal interest in basketball.".....»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsOct 25th, 2018

Ultra Lotto jackpot exceeds P1 billion; PCSO says even foreigners can win

MANILA, Philippines –  The jackpot prize for the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Ultra Lotto 6/58 has breached P1 billion and continues to climb as the country's richest lottery winnings ever.  PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan said Monday, October 8, there was still no winner as of the October 7 (45-21-02-30-07-10) draw . Up for grabs during the weekend ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

Ultra Lotto jackpot breaches P1B mark; even foreigners can take home prize

THE Ultra Lotto 6/58 jackpot has breached the P1 billion mark, the highest and richest prize money in the history of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), its General Manager Alexander Balutan said on Monday. “This P1-billion jackpot prize is very historic for PCSO and for everybody, especially excited are those who place their bets; [...] The post Ultra Lotto jackpot breaches P1B mark; even foreigners can take home prize appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsOct 8th, 2018

Cebu s longest-running football league coming to Luzon

In an effort to expand its reach in developing football nationwide at the grassroots level, AboitizLand is bringing Cebu’s longest running football league, Aboitiz Football Cup (AFC), for the first time in Luzon with the Aboitiz Pitch in The Outlets at Lipa as its main venue. Simultaneous with the 20th season of the Visayas leg, the Aboitiz Football Cup in Luzon will have 15 categories ranging from Mixed-U7 to Men’s Open. Partnering with  RSA1Group (RSA Una Group, Inc.), a sports marketing and management agency based in Luzon, it is  expected to host more than 100 teams composed of approximately 3,000 players, coaching staff, technical team, partners, and spectators  from all over Luzon. “Last year, we promised to bring the Aboitiz Football Cup to the national football scene and we’re just happy to accomplish that. Now, we envision to make AFC as the country’s premier football league as we continue to provide education through sports and provide a venue for local players to compete and exhibit their skills,” said Dudes Aboitiz, AboitizLand Commercial Business Unit Head. With the Aboitiz Pitch as its home venue, AFC - Luzon will kick off on October 13, 2018 at The Outlets at Lipa inside the Lima Estate located in Lipa-Malvar, Batangas. Games will be held every Saturday and Sunday and will run until mid-December.  The opening of Aboitiz Pitch alongside the expansion of AFC in Luzon reinforces the Aboitiz group’s objective to support the country’s grassroots football development, as well as in promoting  continuing education for football practitioners such as coaches and referees in the province and the region. Ultimately, The Outlets hopes to to host a Batangas-wide football club in the future and be the venue in developing homegrown athletes from the region.   About the Aboitiz Pitch Considered to be the largest artificial turf in Luzon, Aboitiz Pitch opened last June 2018 to complement global and local brands coming to The Outlets at Lipa. A 90-minute drive from Manila, The Outlets at Lipa is a 9.3-hectare property located inside Lima Estate located at Lipa - Malvar, Batangas. It will feature family-friendly open spaces with wide pathways, alongside an extensive variety of restaurants and food stops, positioning this shopping destination as one of AboitizLand’s biggest commercial developments.   For more information about the AFC-Luzon tournament, please contact the Secretariat at: Email: aboitizcup-luzon@rsa1group.com Mobile: +63 917 629 3599   For more information about the Aboitiz Pitch, please contact the admin at: Email: aboitizpitch@rsa1group.com Mobile: +63 917 858 0077   Registration for the 1st AFC Luzon is ongoing until September 20, 2018. Visit the Aboitiz Football Cup official Facebook page for the latest news and updates......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsSep 14th, 2018

PCSO scandal: Congressman Tambunting, kulang sa bangis!

Hala bira! MAHIRAP tanggapin ang paliwanag/palusot ni PCSO Chair Alexander Balutan na malulugi ng P2.7 bilyon ang ahensiya kung hindi mapapalawig ang kontrata ng Pacific Online System Corporation (POSC) at ang Philippine Gaming Management Corporation o PGMC. Ang Pacific ay kompanya ng business developing at managing online computer systems, terminals….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsAug 10th, 2018

PCSO wants Congress to stop mandatory remittance to gov’t agencies

THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has appealed to Congress to repeal their mandate on mandatory contributions to various agencies, saying it is hurting the agency’s charity fund. PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan said this is in response to the Commission on Audit’s (CoA) warning on the agency’s “questionable” transactions….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJul 20th, 2018

PCSO execs, workers take drug test

A TOTAL of 554 officers and employees of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) voluntarily submitted to a drug test on Monday in support of President Rodrigo Duterte’s aggressive fight against illegal drugs and to show to the world that PCSO is a drug-free government agency, General Manager Alexander Balutan said….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsJun 26th, 2018

PCSO has 4 more STL slots for Davao Occ, Masbate

Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan said they are accepting two more applications for Small Town Lottery (STL) for the provinces of Davao Occidental and Masbate, bringing to four openings for prospective bidders. Earlier, Balutan announced that the agency has opened the provinces of Iloilo (excluding Iloilo….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMay 23rd, 2018

Bgy officials want share of STL sales

BARANGAY officials have asked the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) for a share of revenues collected from the small town lottery (STL). PCSO General Manager Alexander Balutan said barangay chairmen made the suggestion during the recent “Sama-Samang Talakayan at Linawan-PCSO Editoryal Media” event held at Lipa City, Batangas. “Itong small….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsApr 30th, 2018

STL posts P3.8B sales in 2 months, up 102.6% over last year

The Small Town Lottery (STL) posted P3.81 billion sales in two months, a 102.66 percent increase from the sales of the same months last year, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan announced on Thursday......»»

Category: newsSource:  interaksyonRelated NewsMar 15th, 2018

Lotto sales up -- Balutan

THE Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office ( PCSO) has reported an increase in lotto sales and other games by 2.81 percent, with overall sales of P5,384,844,980 in January and February, compared to the sales of the same months last year. PCSO General Alexander Balutan said of all number games, Ultra Lotto….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 11th, 2018