President Rodrigo Duterte confirmed the casino ban and said there’s no need for him to sign an executive order to enforce it.
Voters in the state approved a constitutional amendment to issue four casino licences, eligible to offer sports betting.
Just over half the voters decided to forbid video gambling machines in the Chicago suburb of Forest Park.
The state was one of the first to pass a legislation to regulate the segment and is now ready to launch operations.
Several regulatory topics are still being debated by the Japanese government ahead of the casino industry’s arrival in the country.