Gov. Imee Marcos has declared that Ilocos Norte is jueteng-free province.
She said that based on information and documents received by her office, what is being operated in the province is the small-town lottery (STL), contrary to reports that it is jueteng.
She disclosed that the provincial government as well as other local government units have lawful share from the proceeds of this numbers game as recorded by the treasury office.
Meanwhile, Laoag City Mayor Michael Fariñas also confirmed that STL and not jueteng is currently operating in Laoag.
He said that based on the record, Lucky Pick had secured business permit to operate STL in the city.
The city government too had received regular share from the lottery.