PAGCOR Sale Proposed To Secure Funds To Fight COVID-19

PAGCOR Office With For Sale Sign In Front

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

This Week In Philippines Gambling: Coronavirus, Wakes, And The PBA

pba season to start amid coronavirus concerns

It’s been a busier time than usual in the Philippines gambling market. With fears of coronavirus continuing to spread, many Chinese gamblers are turning to POGOs, which is a boon for the islands’ gaming industry and tax coffers. However, locals are also more cautious to travel and mingle in traditional brick-and-mortar casinos within the Philippines, … Read more

Spread Of Coronavirus Could Spread Support For Online Gambling In Philippines, China

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The Philippines has long stood by its insistence that the country’s POGO marketplace – aimed at Chinese players who cannot legally gamble online in their own nation – would remain in operation despite Beijing’s efforts to shutter the industry. However, the tide of public option on Chinese online gambling appears to be turning. Unfortunately, this … Read more

China Softens On POGOs, Philippine Gambling Market

china backs off pogo criticism

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

Cambodia Caves To Beijing, Strengthens Philippine Gambling Market

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While the Philippines have been a constant thorn in the side of China through the former’s controversial POGO industry, Cambodia has received less fanfare for being largely the same thing. Over the past several years, both Southeast Asian nations have built up domestic gambling markets that largely target mainland Chinese players, much to Beijing’s chagrin. … Read more

POGO Critics Contradict Government Claims, Paint Bleak Picture Of Industry

pogos operating illegally in the philippines

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

Nearing The End Of Gaming In The Philippines

President Duterte Sunglasses

The discussion to end gaming in the Philippines has been long but we may finally see the result of these talks. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed ending the development of more casino resorts following his instructions given to PAGCOR to crack down on illegal gambling and switch gears from operator to becoming solely a … Read more

Quezon City Looking To Block Proposed Casino, PAGCOR Responds

Quezon City Landmark

The Philippines has become known for its luxurious casinos that boost tourism and funds the local economy, but Quezon City is not ready to let more casinos move in. A legal dispute is currently underway between the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and Quezon City officials. Earlier this week Quezon City officials passed a … Read more