PAGCOR suspends acceptance of applications for medical assistance

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Filipino children, who are suffering from measles, share beds inside an overcrowded room at a government hospital in Manila, Philippines, 07 February 2019. EPA-EFE/FRANCIS MALASIG (FILE)

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) on Wednesday announced it will temporarily stop accepting applications for medical financial assistance.

“PAGCOR decided to cease receiving requests for financial assistance following the incident involving a couple who attempted to defraud the agency by submitting spurious documents for fictitious medical cases,” the agency said in a statement.

Under its charter, PAGCOR is mandated to generate revenues for the government’s infrastructure, national development programs, and socio-civic projects, among others.

PAGCOR said the suspects have been arrested by the Manila Police District during an entrapment operation.

The couple is now facing charges for falsification of public documents by a private individual and using false certificates.

“Pending the results of an on-going investigation to the case, the state-run gaming firm freezes its accommodation of requests for medical aid,” the agency said.

“PAGCOR likewise warns against all those who plan to do the same as it is employing meticulous measures to evaluate documents submitted to the agency for financial assistance,” it added.

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