Manoling Morato (born November 17, 1933) is a former government official in the Philippines.
Early life and career
Morato is the son of Calauag, Quezon Mayor and Quezon City's first appointed mayor Tomas Morato, Spanish settler in the Philippines. He graduated with Bachelor of Science degree in Economics at the Loyola University in Los Angeles, California.
He gained prominence during his tenure as chairman of the Philippines' censorship agency (Movie and Television Review and Classification Board, MTRCB) from 1986 to 1992.
In 1995, Morato was appointed chairman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) by President Fidel Ramos. During his incumbency, the PCSO launched the very first 'On-Line lottery' in the Philippines. Like similar games run in other parts of the world, this online lottery, better known as lotto, proved extremely popular with the Philippine public.
Senate Hearings on PCSO Corruption
In 2011, the Philippine Senate uncovered the fact that under Morato, the PCSO never assisted any non-Catholic religious organizations. Morato said that other religions are also allowed to request the same type of assistance from the PCSO, but could not name any non-Catholic religious organizations or leaders who received similar donations from the PCSO.
In the 1998 elections, he founded Partido Bansang Marangal (National Dignity Party) and ran for the position of President with Camilo Sabio as his running mate, but he lost. He lost to his nemesis, then Vice President Joseph Estrada, earning last place in the results.
TV shows and movies
Morato hosts a weekly talk show Dial-M with former actress Maggie de la Riva on state-owned National Broadcasting Network. The show was initially for lotto draw results but he decided to add his commentaries and viewer phone calls. One of its episodes featured a security camera video showing Joseph Estrada gambling in a casino. The show was cut off in 1998 when Estrada ascended to the presidency and was returned in 2004 when Arroyo appointed him as board director of the PCSO.
His life was filmed in 1998, before the Philippine centennial celebrations, with the role portrayed by actor Joel Torre.