War in PCSO: Sandra Cam links Balutan to alleged bomb threat


MANILA – Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office board member Sandra Cam on Thursday lodged grave threat charges against the agency’s highest ranking official.

Cam, a former “jueteng” whistleblower, told Mandaluyong police that PCSO General Manager Alex Balutan allegedly sent a man who threatened to bomb her office in Shaw Boulevard last December 29.

Cam’s staff and bodyguards were named as complainants because she was not in the office during the alleged incident.

She also claimed that she received threats from anonymous text messages and calls.

“May mga tumatawag sa akin. Humahalakhak parang si Satanas, ha ha ha, malapit ka na,” Cam said.

Cam earlier criticized Balutan for hosting a “lavish” Christmas party for PCSO employees. She said the PCSO spent around P9.88 million for a party at a 5-star hotel in Mandaluyong.

Balutan has said the PCSO board approved about P10 million “for purposes of planning” the party, but spent only about P6.2 million.

He said Cam is plotting to replace him so that her friend, businessman Charlie “Atong” Ang, could take control of small town lottery operations. Ang has denied the accusation.

Balutan also noted that Cam has been releasing confidential PCSO documents without board clearance and disrespecting the chain of command in the agency.

“Puwede siyang i-suspend diyan or puwede siyang tanggalin outrightly… as long as it is approved by the President,” he said.

“We will recommend that, we have a strong evidence.”

Cam, however, said the release of PCSO documents is covered by the freedom of information order of President Duterte.

“Public office is a public trust. Hindi niya puwedeng sabihin na bawal dahil that is a public document. I just want to remind Mr. Balutan, it’s the freedom of information,” she said.

With a report from Zhander Cayabyab, ABS-CBN News

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