Monday, November 18, 2019

House panel passes POGO bill amidst taxation controversy

The House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee unanimously approved the bill imposing a 5 percent tax on Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) based on gross receipts derived from gaming operations, even as one government official denied their right to do so.

POGO workers linked to prostitution rings

Quezon City Representative Precious Hipolito-Castelo is urging an investigation of prostitution rings catering exclusively to Philippine Gaming Offshore Operators (POGO) workers, just as a number of high-profile cases are hitting the media.

Sheikh Hasina declares “zero tolerance” for illegal casinos and gamblers

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina told the parliament of her country on Wednesday that her administration has “zero tolerance” for illegal casinos, and even for Bangladeshis who go abroad to gamble.

Guam wrestles with gambling ban legislation

The government and people of Guam are debating Bill 226-35, which would ban gambling-related activities such as casino games at carnivals, as well as pachinko, video horse, and greyhound race machines.

Malaysian Islamic Party softens anti-gambling policies

The Malaysian state of Terengganu, governed by the Malaysian Islamic Party, is reportedly mulling a relaxation of its bans on gambling and alcohol in order to attract visits from cruise ships.

Government nominates Casino Management Board members

The Japanese government on Wednesday nominated five candidates to serve on the Casino Management Board, the independent agency to be established on January 7, 2020, with a mandate to regulate Japan’s casino industry.

Donaco wins court ruling in Cambodia

A Cambodian appeals court has ruled in favor of Donaco International, allowing the company to retain ownership of various assets at its Star Vegas...

Illegal online gambling difficult to eradicate: Chan

The director of the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau said it is difficult for authorities to “completely eradicate” illegal online gambling operators, as servers...

Sri Lanka tightens bans on sports betting and match fixing

In unanimously passing the bill Prevention of Offences Related to Sports on Monday, the government of Sri Lanka has not only confirmed its ban on sports betting within the country, but also prohibited its citizens from engaging in sports betting overseas as well.

Anti-corruption police smash illegal HKJC bookmaking ring

The Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC) announced that they have arrested a total of 21 people, including six staff members of the Hong Kong Jockey Club (HKJC), in connection with an illegal bookmaking ring.

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