Westside City Resorts World Project Unimpeded By Chau Arrest

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Last week, we told you about the arrest of Suncity Group’s Alvin Chau in Macau. Chau, accused of illegally funneling Chinese gamblers to online operations (allegedly – at least in part – to Philippine POGOs), has resigned from all posts within Suncity, but questions remain as to the overall fallout from the scandal. While these … Read more

PAGCOR Sale Proposed To Secure Funds To Fight COVID-19

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Last Sunday, Philippines Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon suggested that the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) should be sold off to create revenue to combat the spread of the Coronavirus. The request from Drilon demonstrates how dire the COVID-19 situation is in the Philippines, as the entity ranks third behind revenue and customs on … Read more

China Softens On POGOs, Philippine Gambling Market

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This week, the Chinese government announced a new initiative aimed at policing the country’s illegal gambling market. This is, at least publicly, something of a 180 from the nation’s stance in the last several months, where it implored the Duterte Administration to bar all online gaming in the Philippines. With Duterte et al. having none … Read more

Chinese Online Gambling Scam Bolsters Philippine POGO Industry

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It’s been a reasonably quiet week in the Philippines gambling market, for a change. However, thanks to the ongoing row between China and the Philippines due to the latter’s controversial POGO industry, developments in competing markets – especially those in China – are of much interest to Filipino casino insiders. Just this week, the China … Read more

POGO Critics Contradict Government Claims, Paint Bleak Picture Of Industry

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The Philippine gambling industry can’t seem to catch a break. Despite record profits and a concerted effort to crack down on tax-dodging POGOs and commercial brick-and-mortar casinos, critics are still pushing the narrative that the industry is a magnet for fraudsters and violent criminals. The South China Morning Post’s most recent report on the subject … Read more

POGOs Aren’t The Only Tax Dodgers In The Philippine Gambling Market

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There is seemingly no end to the various “controversies” around the domestic Philippines gambling industry. Usually, the issues of import arise from the tenuous, Chinese-dominated POGO (Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator) market, but the local casino markets have also been in the spotlight of late. First, many local politicians suggested that the state-run casinos in the … Read more

Philippines Report Shines New Light On POGO, Casino Scandals

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2019 has been an adventurous – if not tumultuous year – for the Philippine gambling industry. Between admonishments from neighboring China and the influx of migrants to President Rodrigo Duterte’s crackdown on tax-evading Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) and the local government’s questioning of the state-owned brick-and-mortar casino model, the market – while profitable – … Read more

Hong Kong Company Invests In Manila Casino Development

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For the last several months, tensions have flared between China and the Philippines, with the former asking the latter to halt its online casino industry. Calls from inside the Philippines also supported a groundswell of change to the Filipino gambling community, with various lawmakers seeking to privatize and tax state-owned casinos. While neither initiative seems … Read more

President Signs New EO Which Benefits Casinos

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Clark City to see more extensive investments and growth thanks to a new Executive Order, but why now? On June 4th, President Rodrigo Duterte signed an Executive Order declaring the Clark Industrial Estate (IE5) as an international center for leisure, commerce, industry, and recreation rather than its previous designation as a logistics district. The Executive … Read more