Online Gambling Rules Cleared Up In The Philippines

Published Saturday, February 11, 2017 -
Online Gambling Rules Cleared Up In The Philippines

The Philippines as a few gaming jurisdictions and the current ruler of the country Rodrigo Duterte has cleared the fog away from the legality of the online gambling industry in the Philippines. The President recently signed executive order #13 which focuses on the extent of authority for the regulation and licensing of online gambling operations.

The Philippines national regulator, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) competes with the other gambling jurisdictions including the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA), the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority, the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan.

Duterte’s executive order notes that “confusion with regard to the jurisdiction and scope of authority of the different gaming regulators contributes to the proliferation of illegal gambling and gaming.” The order seeks to ensure that regulators “act within the bounds of their respective mandates.” This is definitive and reinforces the fight the government has against illegal online gambling which includes activities not explicitly authorized by an operator’s licensing authority. The definition includes “all gambling activities, and activities and services directly or indirectly related to or in support of such gambling activities, conducted beyond the territorial jurisdiction of the government authority which issued the license therefore.”

It is interesting to note, that the efforts of the government to curb gambling company expansion is to keep the state run operations healthy and profitable. PAGCOR is nationwide, and the restrictions won’t affect the 35 or more recipients of the new PAGCOR Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) license, which PAGCOR began issuing in late 2016.

The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority has been in damage control mode since last month as the new territorial limitations pose a significant problem for CEZA. Many of CEZA’s online gambling licensees base a major portion of their support services outside the economic zone, in urban areas where the technical infrastructure is available. Licensees were promised technology upgrades recently, costing millions.




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