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Philippines senator pushes to create online gambling regulator

Philippines senator pushes to create online gambling regulator
Senator Richard Gordon on Thursday proposed the creation of a new regulatory body for online gambling, leaving the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) to oversee land-based casinos.
Philippines | 03/09/2017

Senator Richard Gordon on Thursday proposed the creation of a new regulatory body for online gambling, leaving the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) to oversee land-based casinos.

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he Philippine Online Gaming and Regulatory Authority (POGRA) will be better equipped to oversee the $250-billion industry using new technology, said Gordon.

Gordon spoke at a Senate hearing on an alleged bribe attempt from Chinese casino tycoon Jack Lam. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said a dedicated online gambling regulator would help eliminate gray areas.

Online games are limited to offshore players, because Philippine gambling laws prohibit Filipinos from gambling through the Internet.

 

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