Wednesday, October 4, 2023


Duterte says yes to betting on Boracay

Boracay Duterte says yes to betting
In a twin turn-around for the Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte, gambling is to be legalised on one of the archipelago’s most-prized assets.

Philippines throws bones to gambling operators with host of open policies

Philippines regulatory relief
With covid eroding casino sales and government revenues, Philippine lawmakers have greenlighted emergency liberalisation of the gambling market. Land-based casinos will now be able to target local players via mobile - while the often-criticised offshore operators are given novel betting categories to attract a more western clientele.

Philippines bids POGOs resume to shore up coffers

Philippines regulator gambling sector Andrea Domingo
The Philippines’ regulator has cleared its offshore online gambling sector for a partial return to operations - in an effort to generate more taxes for fighting the covid pandemic

Duterte shields POGOs from mounting critics, for now

Philippines Rodrigo Duterte
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has stepped between offshore operators and their mounting chorus of critics - offering a temporary reassurance of their right to remain in business

Philippines continues foreign labour crackdown

Philippines foreign labour crackdown
Following the March request by the Philippines finance secretary for a full list of foreign labour in POGOs, the government has expressed concerns..

Philippine Senate promises crackdown on illegal online operator workforce

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The Philippine Senate Committee on Labour has begun an investigation into the number of Chinese nationals working illegally in the country’s online gambling industry. Chairman of the committee Senator Joel Villanueva stated that the review

Pagcor predicts “dire consequences” for illegal operators in licensing crackdown

Pagcor has vowed to intensify its prosecution of illegal online operators, following 170 raids on unlicensed premises over the last year. The Philippines regulatory body stated that offshore operators offering services without a POGO license could face…

Pagcor approves live table gaming for eCafe players

Pagcor has announced that Philippines eGaming operators will soon be able to offer live dealer table games via licensed electronic gaming sites. The decision, which was first approved by the regulator in January, before passing into official practice in March, was made public on 2 April. The application for licenses, known as Permits to Possess, will be available to studio gaming...

GLI Australia to test Philippines overseas operators

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Gaming Laboratories International (GLI) has been authorised by PAGCOR to test and certify online gaming systems operated overseas.   Operators that hold a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) licence are subject to the rules of the Philippines’ national regulator, PAGCOR. The agreement will see the products of these operators tested by GLI Australia, which leads GLI’s Asia-Pacific operations. Phil Harrison, GLI Australia’s...

PAGCOR’s licensing powers set to be removed

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Philippines' congress have announced a bill that will limit the state-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s (PAGCOR) ability to grant licenses to operators looking to provide their services within the country. Members of the House of Representatives have been looking to strip this power from PAGCOR for themselves ever since an arson attack on Resorts World Manila two months ago...

PhilWeb looks to purchase 15 Pagcor eGames parlours

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Philweb is looking to acquire 15 e-Games cafes from national regulator-cum-operator the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor) by tendering 7.5 million shares to purchase the properties.   In a filing with the Philippines Stock Exchange this March, PhilWeb stated that its board had decided to proceed with the deal despite the failure of talks with Pagcor to revive its licence...

“Gamble until you die” – Duterte U-turn on online gambling crackdown

Betting Business Duterte
When not assassinating drug dealers or calling Barack Obama the son of a whore, the Philippines’ new president has whipped up a cyclone of mixed signals to the iGaming sector with another spectacular about turn.   Philippines president, Rodrigo Duterte, appears to have softened his stance against the gambling industry and has stated that he is prepared to allow online gambling...

Philippine Gambling regulator Pagcor will not renew Philweb gaming licence

Betting Business, Philweb, Phillipines
PhilWeb’s gaming licence will not be renewed by Philippine gambling regulators. The decision continues Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s crusade against online gambling in the country.   The new head of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor) has announced the regulator will not be renewing the gaming licence of Manila-based PhilWeb. Andrea Domingo told Bloomberg News on 8 August: “We won’t...

Duterte gunning for online gaming in the Philippines

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Dubbed ‘the Punisher’ by Time Magazine and ‘Duterte Harry’ by the Telegraph for his crusade against crime, drugs and traffic congestion, the Philippines’ new president Rodrigo Duterte now appears to have set his sights on the country’s regulated online gambling industry.   Shares of e-gaming companies operating in the Philippines slumped at the end of June, after the newly sworn-in 16th...