Felix Ng -
Philippines president Rodrigo Duterte has justified the continuation of e-sabong (online cockfighting) operations, despite calls from senators to suspend it as a result of 34 missing persons connected to the sport.
Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR) Chair Andrea Domingo has said the suspension of online cockfighting (eSabong) before a probe looking into the disappearance of some 34 people connected with the sport has ended will make the regulator vulnerable to legal action.
The Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) has warned that any operators found to be accepting bets on online cockfighting from overseas will face penalties.
After a slow start, the Philippines’ domestic online gaming industry is beginning to gain momentum, helping to pad the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp’s (PAGCOR) Covid-depleted coffers.
PAGCOR says it has already collected more than $19.9 million in fees from licensed eSabong operators in the first four months of operation.
The political jockeying that historically has followed presidential elections in the Philippines may have already begun in the casino industry with Bloomberry Resorts announcing it’s investing in two PH Travel and Resorts properties.
President Rodrigo Duterte orders immediate ban of e-sabong in the Philippines, prompting the loss of PHP600 million in tax revenue monthly, Philippine News Agency reported.