Philippines’ crackdown on illegal iGaming

Rodrigo Duterte has reinforce the measures against illegal iGaming.
Rodrigo Duterte has reinforce the measures against illegal iGaming.

The country issued a complete new definition of “illegal online gambling.”

Philippines.- Rodrigo Duterte, president of the Philippines, is seeking the total shut down on illegal online gambling by establishing a complete definition of the issue and demanding national collaboration. The Executive Order No. 13 has come into effect last Friday 10, which allows PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) to grant iGaming licenses and prohibit current platforms that operate without official permission.

“The State condemns the existence of illegal gambling activities as a widespread social menace and source of corruption, as it has become an influential factor in an individual’s disregard for the value of dignified work, perseverance and thrift,” stated the Order.

Under the president’s commands, the Philippines National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) will work with the Department of Justice (DOJ), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to finish anauthorised gaming activities on internet.

Besides PAGCOR, the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA), Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB) and Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority (APECO) will be able to grant gaming permissions under the Order.