Robert Duterte, President of Philippines has rejected the claim of China for a total ban on online gaming. China sought a ban on the iGaming seeking the fate of the Chinese nationals who are mostly employed in the Marketing and Customer Service departments of the Betting Operators as expats. However, President Duterte has rejected the claims and said that too many jobs will be lost. However, he has promised for very strong supervision of the industry and provisions of canceling the license for violating government’s rule.
Many Chinese businessmen lure into Gambling as expats in the Philippines and that remains the pivotal concern for Chinese officials. The two countries are at loggerhead on the online gambling issue. China has termed gambling as a tumor of modern society. It has claimed that many Philippines Offshore Gaming Operators or POGO targets the Chinese Nationals. There have been few reports of extortion and kidnapping as well. However, security agencies resolved and cracked all those cases. China believes the problem originates from gambling and hence sought a total ban on iGaming Platform. However, the President of the Philippines wasn’t convinced.
PAGCOR or Philippines Amusement and Gambling Corporation, has dismissed the Chinese claims. It said that online gambling is not involved with any money laundering or extortion money. It also identified food, real estate, and restaurant chain industries that will suffer a big loss resulting in job loss and economic slowdown if online gambling is suddenly banned. Now, online gambling generates $153m only from license fees in the Philippines. PAGCOR has however is currently not issuing any offshore license till the end of 2019. However, the business continues as usual in the Philippines despite China’s attempt.
China raised this concern after another neighboring country Cambodia banned online gambling in the country. The ban was implemented by the decree from the Prime Minister; Hun Sen. The gambling was banned as there were too many illegal operators in the country. It was often reported that players were often duped, cheated and extorted by these companies. All 150 operators have stopped functioning in Cambodia now. However, it is clear that the Philippines is not going the Cambodia way.