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Report Links POGOs to Human Trafficking

Lawmakers investigating Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) have found clear links between the offshore gambling business and human trafficking operations. That link, and the investigation that found it, could spell major trouble for Chinese operators working out of the Philippines. POGOs, offshore gambling operations that are run in the Philippines by Chinese nationals to serve…

Duterte encourages gambling as post-pandemic revenue source

Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte is encouraging his countrymen to, "Go ahead and gamble," after years of discouraging the activity as a moral vice. It's a moral turnaround that's based solely on a desire to shore up his country's cash reserves and illustrates the serious impact the pandemic is having on the economies of countries across…

Philippines gambling report: cockfighting revenue up, lottery sales down

Gambling regulators in the Philippines are grappling with a problem that is likely relatively unique to their local gaming markets. Officials are blaming a rise in unregulated online cockfighting as the driver behind a recent slump in national lottery ticket sales. But could online cockfighting really be the sole driver behind the drop? Cockfighting is…

Philippines online gambling update: House approves online cockfighting

Are players in the Philippines ready for the day when online gambling includes regulated cockfighting? The world is one step closer to answering that question after the country's House of Representatives completed a crucial vote that outlines a taxation scheme for just such a plan. Late Wednesday, the country's House of Representatives approved, by a…

Philippines bishop is not a fan of online cockfight wagering

Whether you're in the smallest village or the biggest urban area in the Philippines, you will find ready access to cockfight wagering. While in-person cockfighting has long been an accepted part of life in the Philippines, online cockfighting is not finding the islands to be quite as welcoming. According to a recent report from CruxNow.com,…

PAGCOR OK’s online gambling for land-based casinos

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) is throwing out online gambling as a life preserver to beleaguered local casinos who are reeling from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. It's an interesting change of course from the gambling regulator that's used to overseeing more Chinese operations than local ones. According to a recent report…

Philippines lawmaker challenge Duterte on POGO controversy

Philippines Senator Richard issued a rare public rebuke of President Rodrigo Duterte regarding the Philippine Offshore Gambling Operator (POGO) industry and its relationship to money laundering operations. He went to suggest that those same POGO operatives offered him a massive bribe to shut down his investigation of their activities. In a statement to the Philippines…

Duterte threatens to 'slap' tax tardy online gambling operators

In most countries, online gambling operators who run afoul of local rules and regulations face stiff fines and, occasionally, the loss of their licenses. In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte has a different plan. In a recent interview with CNN Philippines, Duterte threatened to "slap" or "shoot" online operators who play fast and loose with…

Philippines online gambling employs 14,000 undocumented workers

As many as 14,000 undocumented foreign workers may currently be working in the illicit and licensed online gambling business in the Philippines. That's according to a new report from Philippines Department of Labor. It's a hot button issue that could have a major impact on the entire online gambling business emanating from the island nation.…

Philippines gambling employee tax aimed at unregulated operators

The regulated Philippines online gambling industry is one of those unique markets that focuses exclusively on players in others countries - specifically China. Of course relatively few Filipino citizens speak Mandarin Chinese, so huge numbers of Chinese-speaking employees have brought in to serve the legions of Chinese players gambling on Chinese-facing sites that are based…