PAGCOR warns public against Facebook-promoted illegal gambling

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has warned the public against illegal Bingo and online gambling organizations using Facebook to promote their services. 

In a public warning, PAGCOR said that fraudsters were taking advantage of social media and uncertainties brought by the pandemic to scam the public, steal financial information, or use stolen identities for illegal purposes. 

PAGCOR reiterated that no person or organization other than those licensed by PAGCOR or other government agencies are allowed to operate gambling in the country and that it is a crime to participate in illegal gambling activities. 

In a separate letter, PAGCOR through its Chief Legal Counsel, Atty. Roderick R. Consolacion warned Facebook Philippines against being used by the persons organizing the illegal bingo games and internet/ online gambling, to promote illegal activities.

 Atty. Consolacion asked Facebook the Philippines to “act immediately against such activities to avoid the perception that your company is aiding and abetting the same.”