Rodrigo Duterte

    Rodrigo Duterte born March 28, 1945), also known by the nickname Digong, is a Filipino lawyer and politician of Visayan descent serving as the 16th President of the Philippines since 2016. He is known for his tough stance on crime and drugs. Hours after he took his oath, President Rodrigo Duterte vowed to put an end to online gambling in the country.

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    Metro Manila quarantine strengthened and lengthened

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, responding to appeals from frontline medical workers battling Covid-19, has ordered a Modified Enhanced Community Quarantine (MECQ), the second-strictest designation, to be implemented from August 4 to 18. Duterte had only recently ordered the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) to be extended to August 15, but this was judged to be insufficient […]

    Manila general community quarantine extended to August 15

    Metro Manila will have no relief from its Covid-19 related general community quarantine until at least August 15, according to a decision made by President Rodrigo Duterte. Metro Manila has been under the general community quarantine designation for about eight weeks, with the initial lockdown having begun on March 15, four-and-a-half months ago. The medical […]

    Duterte extends coronavirus lockdown to mid-May

    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday announced an extension of the lockdown on metropolitan Manila and parts of Luzon until May 15. The “enhanced community quarantine” will continue to apply to “high-risk” areas, including Metro Manila and 17 provinces in Luzon. However, the government said it would study whether restrictions in some of the affected […]

    Duterte considers loosening Luzon lockdown

    President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday met with health experts and former officials from the Department of Health to receive “critical information” that will help him decide whether to cease the Luzon lockdown or ease it in order to begin business recovery, local media reports. On Sunday, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said that the government could […]
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    Duterte says Chinese government understands POGO regulation

    In a local media interview, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said that he had won the Chinese government’s understanding on Manila’s handling of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) regulation.

    Duterte gives POGOs three days to pay taxes before being “punched”

    President Rodrigo Duterte personally entered the debate over delinquent Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) on Friday, warning them that unless these firms paid their taxes within three days, they would be “punched” and “shot.”

    Casino kidnappers captured dead or alive, preferably dead: Duterte

    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a warning to “foreigners” involved in loan shark abductions – continue kidnapping and be caught “dead or alive”, local media reports.  Casino-related kidnappings have surged over the last few years, many of which involve Chinese nationals.  “There are foreigners who come here to play their trade, lending money, and […]

    Duterte not willing to ban online gambling

    Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said he had no plans to ban online gambling, as it would do harm to the country’s economy.  The announcement comes amid pressure from the Chinese government to close online gambling in the Philippines.  During a meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping, Duterte said that many workers would lose […]

    China has no influence on PH online gambling ban

    The decision to ban online gambling in the Philippines is up to the country itself, said Manila’s top diplomat in a televised briefing on Thursday. President Rodrigo Duterte arrived into China’s capital on late Wednesday and met with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday. Philippine Ambassador to China Jose Santiago Sta. Romana said that Duterte […]

    10 officials to be shamed in PCSO probe

    No more than 10 officials of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) will be “named and shamed” following President Duterte’s investigation into corruption within PCSO, local media reports.  Salvador Panelo on Thursday confirmed the President will soon name the alleged corrupt officials but did not give any specific timing.  “Let’s just wait for the announcement […]

    PCSO won’t be abolished: Palace

    President Rodrigo Duterte has no plans to abolish the Philippine Charity and Sweepstake Office even though the agency has been accused of “massive corruption,” said a Palace spokesperson on Tuesday. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that the President is only ridding the agency of corruption.  “We were not talking of closure of this agency. We’re […]
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    Duterte may lift casino ban: spokesman

    President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman has suggested the leader of the Philippines may be open to lifting a ban on new casino licenses. The ban was imposed in early 2018 on concern about the proliferation of new project applications and shortly after a controversy over plans by Galaxy Entertainment and a local group to build a […]

    POGO boom drives real estate sales in Manila, Cebu

    Growth in online gambling in the Philippines is driving a real estate boom in Manila, which is now spilling over to the island of Cebu, as operators seek more space and cheaper prices. The ascent to power of mercurial President Rodrigo Duterte in 2016 cast a shadow over the country’s online gambling industry, amidst threats […]

    Construction work not related to Landing IR

    Landing International, the company behind the new proposed family-centric IR in Manila, says construction work for its new IR has not yet begun, despite reports from a local media outlet. On Monday, a local outlet reported that earthmoving had begun on Landing’s 9.6-hectare parcel of land in Entertainment City, which includes the use of “bulldozers, backhoes, […]

    Landing project not dead: Justice Secretary

    The Philippines Justice Minister has ordered a review of the lease agreement for Landing’s $1.5 billion casino project but has stressed that it does not mean the project was dead, local media reports. “The removal of all the members of the Nayong Pilipino board, by itself alone, does not affect the implementation of the project,” […]

    No new casinos during presidency: Duterte

    Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday announced there would be no new casinos set up during his presidency, raising further doubt over major investments planned in the country. The president made the comments during a public speech on Wednesday, a day after he sacked the entire board of Hong Kong-listed Landing International’s local partner, Nayong […]

    Duterte sacks board of Landing’s local partner during IR ground breaking

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced he was firing the entire board of Landing International’s local partner, just as the two parties broke ground on a $1.5 billion theme park in Entertainment City.

    Duterte clarifies position on jueteng, reiterates Boracay not for sale

    President Rodrigo Duterte has made it clear he will never allow “jueteng” to flourish in the country, and clarified he did not order police to stop their crackdown on the illegal numbers racket, the Inquirer reports. On Monday, the President said he wanted to correct “one senator” who was of the belief that he wanted […]
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    Duterte dismisses two Pagcor officials

    Two senior Pagcor officials have been fired by President Rodrigo Duterte for their alleged involvement in corrupt activities, according to a report from Philippine Star. The two officials have been accused for issuing gambling permits outside of their respective territories, and issuing too many. “It is rightful to issue permits within your territory, but when […]

    There was never a plan for a casino in Boracay: Duterte

    Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said there was never any plan to put a casino in Boracay, local media reports. “There will never be one” said Duterte in a press briefing after returning from the ASEAN Summit in Singapore. “All of them made a courtesy call before they started on a project. They were […]

    LRWC says no decision made on Boracay, contradicting tourism officials

    Leisure and Resorts World Corp. has denied that it has shelved plans with Galaxy Entertainment for a casino on the island of Boracay, contradicting comments from government tourism officials. Tourism Assistant Secretary told news reporters at a press conference earlier Tuesday that the two partners would seek alternatives. “Galaxy has said they are now looking […]

    Duterte nixes Boracay casino project

    Macau-based Galaxy Entertainment will not be able to build its planned $500 million integrated resort on the Philippine island of Boracay, local media reported a spokesman for President Rodrigo Duterte as saying. “There will be no new casino in Boracay,” Harry Roque said in a news conference in Hong Kong that was aired on local […]

    Duterte opposes Boracay casino

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says he’s opposed to the building of a casino complex on Boracay and vowed to hand over the land to local farmers, local media reports. Speaking at a press conference before flying to China, Duterte told reporters, “There are no plans for a casino. Let’s stop it because it’s too much. […]

    Landing plans Philippine resort

    Hong Kong-listed property developer, Landing International Development, said it plans to build an integrated leisure and entertainment resort in Paranaque City in the Philippines. The company, which owns and operates the recently opened Jeju Shinhwa World IR in South Korea, said it has agreed to lease a 9.5-hectare parcel of land. It is now seeking […]

    Duterte to crackdown on civil servants in casinos

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the strict implementation of a law that prohibits public servants from entering casinos in the country, local media reports. Duterte made the comment during the launch of the Overseas Filipino Bank (OFBank) last Thursday, saying he made the directive to Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Director General Ronald ‘Bato’ […]

    Duterte meets with Melco executives

    President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday held a meeting with the top executives of Melco Resorts and Entertainment, according to a government news release. While the reasons for the courtesy call was not specified in the release, the announcement made mention of Melco’s new luxury hotel brand NÜWA, which is set to replace the Crown Towers […]

    PCSO chairman resigns for health reasons

    Chairman of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Jose Jorge Corpuz has resigned from his position as chairman, according to an announcement on Friday. In a message sent to local reporters, presidential spokesman Harry Roque said the chairman resigned “due to health reasons.” Roque also clarified that Corpuz was not the government-entity-chairman that President Rodrigo Duterte […]

    Galaxy applies for Philippines gaming license

    Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group has confirmed that it is planning on opening a casino resort in Philippines, Bloomberg reports. Rumors that the company was looking to expand its gaming business in the Philippines came about in August after a subsidiary of Galaxy Entertainment Group, Galaxy Casino reportedly chose Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” […]

    Landing International eyes theme park in Philippines

    Chinese property developer Landing International Development is looking to build a multi-billion dollar theme park in the Philippines, said the company in a statement. On Monday, Landing International Development chairman and executive director Yang Zhihui, met with President Rodrigo Duterte and his cabinet team where they discussed the company’s proposal to build an international branded […]

    Duterte intends to fire CDC chief: reports

    Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is allegedly planning to fire the head of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) for “corruption,” The Rappler reports. Duterte reportedly voiced his intentions to sack CDC boss Noel Manankil during the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board meeting earlier this week, according to sources speaking to Rappler. The sources said […]

    Smoking ban rules to come out in July

    The new rules and regulations related to the public smoking ban in the Philippines will be released in July, reports SunStar Manila. Earlier this month, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order banning smoking in public places nationwide. It is currently unclear what the impact will be for the country’s casinos and whether […]

    Philippines bans smoking in public places

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has signed an executive order banning smoking in public places nationwide, local media reports. Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial told ABS CBN news that Duterte signed the executive order last May 16. It is currently unclear what the impact will be for the country’s casinos and whether they will allow enclosed smoking […]

    Riskwise says political risk deterred Mactan investors

    Riskwise Global Capital said the perceived political risk in the Philippines had deterred potential investors in a $1.4 billion project to build an integrated resort in Mactan. “As with many foreign companies who had been working feverishly to undertake projects in the Philippines during 2016, we have experienced investor backlash as a result of political […]

    Group lobbies Supreme Court to halt Pagcor online licenses

    A lobby group has petitioned the Philippines’ Supreme Court seeking to stop the Phlippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. from issuing online licenses, arguing the permits violate the regulator’s charter and run counter to an executive order to crackdown on internet gambling. The Anti-Trapo movement also wants to void all the licenses for Philippine Online Gaming […]

    House wants to give PCSO permit issuing power

    House leaders are seeking to amend the charter of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office to grant it the authority to issue permits for small town lottery (STL), Philstar reports. The PCSO officially launched its expanded STL in January in an effort to stamp out illegal gambling, with PCSO chair Jose Jorge Corpuz saying his plan […]

    Authorities to strengthen fight vs illegal gambling

    President Rodrigo Duterte has called for authorities to intensify their fight against illegal gambling, following the issuance of Executive Order No. 13, local media reports. The executive order, which was signed on Feb. 2, directs the Philippines National Police (PNP), and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to coordinate with the Department of Justice (DOJ), […]

    Pagcor revenues surge 17 percent in 2016

    The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) posted a strong increase in gaming revenue in 2016, amid a crackdown on online gaming by President Duterte, local media reports. Pagcor chair Andrea Domingo, in an interview with the Inquirer, said gross gaming revenues rose to P55 billion (US$1.1 billion) at the end of 2016, a 17 […]

    First Cagayan plans vast improvements to infrastructure

    First Cagayan Leisure and Resort Corporation says it is looking to make substantial upgrades to its technical infrastructure in order to be more competitive against Pagcor’s new online gaming licenses, local media reports. According to news outlet Calvin Ayre, online gaming operators licensed in the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA) last week received letters from […]

    DOJ to crack down on illegal online casinos, STL tax liabilities

    The Department of Justice (DOJ) has announced it will be cracking down on illegal online casinos, as well as chase tax liabilities of small town lottery (STL) operations, Philstar reports. The news, announced on Sunday, follows President Rodrigo Duterte’s ordering of Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to investigate non-payment or underpayment of taxes in STL […]

    PSE approves Ongpin share sale

    The Philippine Stock Exchange has finally approved the sale of the 653.1 million Philweb shares belonging to founder Roberto Ongpin to Gregorio Araneta III. According to a filing from the company on Friday, a First Tranche sale of 653.1 shares will be sold through a special block sale at the PSE simultaneously with the commencement […]

    The year ahead – Andrew Klebanow

    I think the Philippines remains an intriguing story in 2017. President Duterte’s call to PAGCOR to privatize its casinos was a wise decision, although that decision was driven more by the President’s sense of morality rather than a purely business decision. PAGCOR’s dual role as operator and regulator has traditionally discouraged outside investment. PAGCOR branded […]

    Jack Lam’s return offer still available

    Junket mogul Jack Lam is yet to show his face in the Philippines after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered his arrest last December. Lam is in trouble for allegedly offering bribes to Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre and a number of immigration officials in relation to his illegal online gambling operations at Fontana Leisure Park and Casino […]

    Duterte sets sights on illegal online gambling operations

    President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to close all online gambling operations in the Philippines, saying they have no positive effects on the economy, local media reports. “I am ordering the closure of all online gaming. All of it. It has no use,” Duterte said while announcing the 2017 budget. The Philippines does not benefit from […]

    Duterte orders seizure of Lam assets

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the seizure of all of casino mogul Jack Lam’s assets in the Philippines for allegedly not paying taxes. Duterte told reporters of his decision regarding Lam on his return from a visit to Singapore. He has also ordered the arrest of Lam, who is chairman of Jimei International Entertainment […]

    Bloomberry sees rise in Chinese visitors; shelves Jeju sale

    Philippine casino operator Bloomberry Resorts saw an increase in Chinese visitors last month, suggesting President Rodrigo Duterte’s lean towards Beijing has started to benefit business, local media reports. According to Bloomberry chairman Enrique Razon, Chinese arrivals at its Solaire casino in Manila rose nearly 140 percent in November and 80 percent in October compared with […]

    Embassy offers assistance to Lam; DOJ after more blood

    The Chinese embassy in the Philippines has offered consular assistance to junket boss Jack Lam following the order of his arrest, local media reports. Lam, who is the founder of one of Asia’s biggest junket operators, had his name and image tainted after Duterte placed an order out for his arrest for alleged bribery and […]

    Lam can return if he apologizes and pays taxes: Duterte

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he would allow Jack Lam to do business in the country again if he apologized for bribing an official and paid the correct taxes, local media reports. Duterte ordered the arrest of the Hong Kong-based casino kingpin after he allegedly attempted to bribe Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre and Pagcor chair […]

    Jimei International confirms reports regarding Lam

    Jimei International Entertainment Group has confirmed recent media reports regarding the arrest order placed on its executive director and controlling shareholder Jack Lam. The company was quick to distance itself from the commotion however, which involves alleged bribery and “economic sabotage”. “The Board confirms that the incident mentioned in the articles relate to Dr. Lam […]

    Lam can only be arrested if he returns to PH

    Arresting Jack Lam without a warrant can only be possible if Mr. Lam returns to the country, said Philippine National Police (PNP) director general Ronald dela Rosa on Monday. Without the arrest warrant, the PNP is not able to work with its counterparts in Hong Kong and Macau to extradite Lam to the Philippines, it […]

    Duterte orders the arrest of junket boss Jack Lam

    President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the arrest of one of Asia’s biggest gambling moguls after he allegedly attempted to bribe Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre and Pagcor chair Andrea Domingo in order to protect his Philippine casino operations. Last week, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre accused chairman of the Jimei Group, Jack Lam also known as Lam […]

    Inaugural ASEAN Summit to showcase regional opportunities

    The Philippines has been one of the best-performing casino markets in 2016, with revenue from the properties in Entertainment City up 20 percent in 3Q, though operators from Vietnam and Cambodia are also posting strong results, highlighting the potential of these markets. AGB will be hosting the inaugural ASEAN Gaming Summit in March 2017 to […]

    Duterte may reinstate Philweb eGames licenses, roadblocks ahead

    It is being speculated that e-gaming operator PhilWeb Corp. may have its eGaming licenses reinstated under direction from Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte. But an industry insider, speaking to AGB, said the new license may not be granted so quickly. Ongpin is trying to sell his stake to Araneta “who will obviously not complete the deal” […]

    Non PhilWeb e-games sites operating under strict supervision

    Online gaming stations in the Philippines that are not running on PhilWeb Corp.’s systems are able to continue operations, but are under tight supervision, local media cited the local regulator as saying. “They have legal basis. They complied with all the requirements, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. chair Andrea Domingo was cited as saying. Sites […]

    Philippines to sign off on public smoking ban

    Philippines is set to roll out a nationwide public smoking ban as early as next month, local media reports. The regulation to be signed by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte this month will expand the definition of “public places” – which will include indoor and outdoor places. “Parks, bus stations, and even in vehicles. All these […]

    Bloomberry pushes on with Quezon City casino

    Bloomberry Resorts Corp chairman and founder Enrique Razon says he is pushing ahead with plans for the company’s second casino, in Quezon City. In an interview with Bloomberg on Friday, Razon said construction of the $418 million resort in Manila may start mid-next year and could be finished in 2019. In regards to Duterte’s campaign […]

    Duterte pushes for Pagcor and PCSO merger

    Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for the merger of state-owned gaming companies, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor) and lottery operator  Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), local media reports. The move was confirmed by Pagcor chair Andrea Domingo during a budget briefing at the Philippines’ House of Representatives this week. When asked about her […]

    Pagcor looking into CEZA-licensed online operators

    Pagcor chief Andrea Domingo has confirmed they will be looking into the activities of Philippines’ special freeport zones that issue licenses to foreign online gaming firms, Reuters reports. Earlier this week, Pagcor announced the scrapping of Philweb’s 13-year monopoly and while its chief was publicly denounced as a corrupt oligarch. Duterte refused to renew the […]

    PhilWeb chairman named as “oligarch”; resigns

    Having vowed to get rid of oligarchs embedded in the government, President Duterte yesterday singled out Filipino tycoon Roberto Ongpin as an example. Duterte has declared war on oligarchs whom he describes as people who do not work hard yet earn huge amounts of money while sitting around “in their airplanes or mansions”. Duterte claimed […]

    Pagcor revokes 124 online gaming licenses

    Philippines’ Pagcor has already revoked 124 online gaming licenses under President Duterte’s new directives to curb online gambling, reports The Inquirer. According to the Pagcor head, the potential financial impact could be up to P10 billion (US$210 million), but is not expected to hurt the agency’s revenue target of P50 billion next year. Andrea Domingo, […]

    Okada wants to participate in infrastructure projects

    Japanese casino mogul Kazuo Okada has reportedly made a courtesy call to President Duterte, expressing his desire to participate in infrastructure projects. “Mr. Okada specifically expressed his desire to bid for the international airport. He believes the airport is your first contact and so your airport, if well designed and efficient, people will talk about […]

    Duterte to ban govt officials from entering casinos

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is making moves to ban government officials, members of the Philippine Armed Forces and National Police from playing and staying in casinos, according to Andrea Domingo, CEO of the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corp was reportedly ordered by Duterte to implement Presidential Decree No. 1067-B, which was first issued in […]

    Duterte sets sights on illegal gambling

    The Duterte administration will be targeting illegal gambling in its campaign against crime and corruption, said Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella on Tuesday. “It’s part of the priorities of the President because his top priorities [are] drugs, crime, and corruption. It’s included,” said Abella after Archbishop Oscar Cruz urged President Rodrigo Duterte to pay attention to […]

    Government to privatize casino assets

    The Philippines government said it plans to privatize more assets over the next three years, including casinos run by Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor). Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III said the Duterte administration also planned to privatize the Philippine Postal Bank and the United Coconut Planters Bank. “Yes, there will be more assets to […]

    Pagcor halts online licenses

    Gaming regulator Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) says it is temporarily halting the processing of all online gambling license applications, following President Duterte’s pronouncement against online gambling last week. Last week, Duerte vowed to put an end to online gambling in the country, hours after taking an oath for presidency, saying he will direct […]

    Duterte vows to ban online gambling

    Hours after he took his oath, President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to put an end to online gambling in the country, local media reports. “Online gambling must stop… I don’t want the proliferation of gambling in the country,” he said. Duterte said he will direct PAGCOR chief Andrea Domingo to rescind licenses that have been […]

    Philippine operators to appeal smoking and liquor ban

    Philippines’ casino operators will soon be appealing to president-elect Rodrigo Duterte to exempt their businesses from a public smoking and liquor ban, local media reports. According to The Philippine Star, industry players are set to meet with Duterte later this month to discuss the proposed regulation. The ban comes amid an “oversupply” of casino hotels […]

    PAGCOR earnings to go towards health and education

    President-elect Rodrigo Duterte said he will realign all earnings of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) towards health and education, local media reports. The Philippines president-elect made the remarks in a speech he delivered during his election thanksgiving party in Davao City over the weekend. Duterte said health would be one of the top […]

    Former immigration head appointed as Pagcor chair

    The Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has named former immigration chief Andrea Domingo as chair of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. Domingo was a strong supporter of Duterte, a former mayor of Davao City, during his election campaign, according to media reports. She was an organizer of volunteer groups for the Duterte campaign. Aside from […]
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    Risk premium clouds prospects

    “I hate gambling. I do not want it. “There will be no casinos outside of what are existing. I am not granting anything.”  

    Philippine outlook clouded by smoking ban, RWM attack

    The attack on Resorts World Manila, a likely public smoking ban and a proposed casino entry fee are putting pressure on the Philippine gambling industry. It was the best-performing in Asia last year and tipped again for strong growth, but smoking bans have never been known to produce a positive effect on revenue, while the attack hits a country that has long struggled with the perception it is not safe. 

    On shaky ground

    Online gambling operators in the Philippines are facing a lack of clarity and regulatory confusion amid President Rodrigo Duterte’s clampdown on unlicensed sites. Since coming to power in June last year, Duterte has caused no end of confusion for online gambling operators plying their trade in the country. Back in December, he announced plans to pull down the shutters on iGaming sites, claiming they had no positive impact on the economy. 

    Okada paints the town plum as resort gears for opening

    Anyone visiting Manila in recent weeks may have noticed a distinct plum-colored tone to the local billboards and ads. The campaign has been part of an initiative to raise awareness for Universal Entertainment’s $2.4 billion Okada Manila resort, which is scheduled to preview next week. It will be the largest resort to open yet in the entertainment complex, which has seen robust growth. 
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    A seismic shift

    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has made a series of pronouncements since his inauguration in June that have shaken the established order in the Philippines, including rejecting long-term ally, the U.S., in favor of closer ties with China. The gaming sector hasn’t escaped his reach, with a crusade, since reversed, against online gaming companies and a call for The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) to shed its casino assets and focus on its role as a regulator.