Philippine gaming regulator and operator PAGCOR has warned against a ‘US-based illegal gaming website’ that it says has been allegedly operating in the Philippines.

PAGCOR warns that website – has been ‘used by fraudsters as a link to an illegal gambling website’ purportedly operating in the nation’.

The website has been ‘printed on close to 800,000 registered vehicle plates in Maryland, USA to promote the state’s history’, notes PAGCOR, indicating that the site then redirects to – ‘an illegal gambling platform that not only violates players’ rights but also places the Philippines in a bad light’.

The matter has been referred to the group’s Security and Monitoring Cluster for investigation, with the ‘appropriate government agency’ to take immediate action.

Alejandro. H Tengco, Chairman and CEO, PAGCOR
Alejandro H. Tengco at ASEAN Gaming Summit 2023

Speaking of the incident, PAGCOR’s Chairman and CEO, Alejandro H. Tengco, noted that “PAGCOR has nothing to do with the said websites, as well as the gaming activities happening therein. As the country’s gaming regulator, PAGCOR does not condone illegal online gambling.”

“We have been continuously working with various government and law enforcement agencies to ensure that our gaming policies are in place and the online gaming platforms that we regulate are safe and credible,” notes the Chairman.

PAGCOR has been fighting an uphill battle recently in ensuring regulation of the operator on its shores, particularly in regard to Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs), with the recent closure of the Sun Valley Clark POGO hub and cancellation of CGC Tech’s license over allegations of human trafficking.