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Philippines Gaming

5/29/2017

article Philippines-licensed gambling sites face new casino games tax
(Philippines) -- Philippines-licensed online gambling operators are facing a change in their online casino tax obligations. When the Philippine Amusement and Gaming...

5/28/2017

article Senate seen to approve AMLA amendments by June
(Philippines) -- The Senate may approve this week amendments to the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) to beat the June deadline imposed by the Asia/Pacific Group on Money...

5/27/2017

article Davao dealmaker expands business from oil to casino
(Philippines) -- Rodrigo Duterte’s ascent to power in the Philippines has motivated a little-known businessman from the president’s province to become one of...
article Dealmaker who bet big on Duterte forges casino-to-oil empire
(Philippines) -- President Duterte’s ascent to power in the Philippines has motivated a little-known businessman from the president’s province to become one...
article Philippine Casinos Will Soon Be Forced to Abide by Anti-Money Laundering Laws
(Philippines) -- Philippine casinos currently operate without much financial oversight from the federal government, but the odds of that changing in the not too distant...

5/26/2017

article PEZA ban won’t affect Pagcor
(Philippines) -- A source close to the situation specified that the decision from the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) to ban online gaming operations in its...

5/22/2017

article Casino related real estate firms in the Philippines post banner Q1 results
(Philippines) -- According to disclosures on the Philippines Stock Exchange along with local reports, it looks like the Philippine real estate market is producing well...
article CoD Manila casino riding Chinese visitor wave: Aegis
(Philippines) -- The City of Dreams Manila casino resort (pictured) should benefit from rising numbers of Chinese visitors to the Philippines, said a Friday note from...
article Philippines Making Strides in the Gambling Industry
(Philippines) -- As a clear sign of things changing across the globe for the online gaming industry, one of the most conservative nations in the world, the Philippines,...

5/21/2017

article CoD Manila casino riding Chinese visitor wave: Aegis
(Philippines) -- The City of Dreams Manila casino resort (pictured) should benefit from rising numbers of Chinese visitors to the Philippines, said a Friday note from...

5/19/2017

article Melco Crown PH is world’s best-performing casino stock
(Philippines) -- Melco Crown Philippines Resorts Corp. is the best-performing casino stock in the world this year. To punters playing baccarat at the company’s...

5/18/2017

article Duterte’s gambling policy pulls down LRWC Q1 net income
(Philippines) -- Philippine-listed holding company Leisure and Resorts World Corporation (LRWC) is feeling the pinch of President Rodrigo Duterte’s new online...

5/16/2017

article PHL seen making all the right moves in gaming
(Philippines) -- The Philippines has a long way to go before matching Macau as a gaming and entertainment hub, but analysts said the country is making the right moves in...

5/15/2017

article Philippines to issue new offshore online betting licenses
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) is to introduce a new category of offshore licence for operators intending to offer online...

5/8/2017

article Philippines preps more gambling raids as it cozies up with China
(Philippines) -- The Philippines’ National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has declared open season against illegal betting operations serving mainland Chinese...
article Philippines to sell PAGCOR-run casinos
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) will no longer operate casinos once this year ends, as the government plans to sell them in...
article Udenna Corp to open a casino on Cebu
(Philippines) -- Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has authorised the construction of the first integrated resort outside Manila. Udenna Development...

5/7/2017

article As Philippines joins China to fight illegal gambling, more scrutiny of casinos likely
(Philippines) -- China and the Philippines have joined forces to tackle illegal gambling, part of Beijing's broader campaign to curb illicit capital outflows and a...
article Investors betting big on gambling
(Philippines) -- Local and foreign investors are betting big on gambling – from building sprawling integrated casino resorts to scrambling for small-time lottery...
article Pagcor okays $300-M Cebu casino venture
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) and Udenna Corp. recently signed a provisional license agreement for what could become the country...

5/5/2017

article $341-M Cebu casino resort gets Pagcor green light
(Philippines) -- The state-owned Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) has granted Udenna Development Corp. —the holding firm for companies engaged in...
article Pagcor nods licence for casino resort in Cebu
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor), the country’s gaming regulator, has approved a provisional licence for local firm Udenna Corp...
article Udenna Corp to open a casino on Cebu
(Philippines) -- Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has authorised the construction of the first integrated resort outside Manila.

5/4/2017

article Davao businessman secures license to build $300-million casino resort in Cebu
(Philippines) -- DAVAO businessman Dennis Uy has secured a provisional license from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) that could become the country...
article Philippines' Udenna to build casino-resort outside capital
(Philippines) -- The Philippines' Udenna Corp said on Thursday it will build a US$300 million integrated casino-resort in central Philippines, the first such outside...
article Udenna Corporation given green light to build $300m casino
(Philippines) -- Casino developer Udenna Corp. has been granted a provisional licence to build a US$300m casino resort on the central Philippines island of Cebu.

5/3/2017

article China's High Rollers Are Phoning In Big Bets to Manila Casinos
(Philippines) -- In a VIP room reserved for high-spending gamblers at City of Dreams Manila casino in the Philippine capital, many of the players are nowhere to be seen...

5/2/2017

article Philippines confirms iGaming ban
(Philippines) -- Online gaming operations are officially banned from the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) accredited buildings. The legislation attempt was...

5/1/2017

article Okada mulls Tiger Resort listing in Manila: reports
(Philippines) -- Several Philippine newspapers report – citing comments by Japanese gaming entrepreneur Kazuo Okada (pictured) – that he may seek a listing...

4/29/2017

article Anti-gambling NIR police director denies favoritism
(Philippines) -- Chief Superintendent Renato Gumban, director of the Police Regional Office-18 (Negros Island Region), debunked claims of practicing "favoritism...

4/27/2017

article Belle Corp confirms Manila expansion plans
(Philippines) -- Belle Corp confirmed vice chairman Willy Ocier’s comments on its expansion plans for its project in City of Dreams Manila. During a PSE filing...
article Pagcor increases net incomes during Q1
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor) announced that during the first three months of the year they perceived net incomes of US$26.5 million...
article Gambling operator links 2 Cabinet men, retired generals to slay plot
(Philippines) -- Gambling operator Charlie “Atong” Ang on Thursday accused two Cabinet officials and several retired military generals of plotting to kill...

4/26/2017

article Philippines government agency to force online gambling firms out of Manila
(Philippines) -- In the Philippines, the government agency tasked with accrediting buildings for the nation’s numerous special economic zones has reportedly...
article Philippines Online Gaming Operators No Longer Welcomed Inside State-Sponsored Economic Zones
(Philippines) -- Philippines online gambling companies that are currently occupying millions of square feet of office space in the country’s state-sponsored...

4/24/2017

article Philippines bans online gaming firms
(Philippines) -- Authorities in the Philippines have today banned online gaming firms from operating in any of the accredited sites across the country, according to...
article Philippines steps up i-gaming prohibition
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Economic Zone Authority is banning online gaming firms from operating anywhere within its accredited locations across the country...

4/23/2017

article PEZA to kick out online gambling operators in accredited buildings
(Philippines) -- Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) Director General Charito Plaza wants no online gambling operations inside its accredited building nationwide....

4/9/2017

article PNP nabs 6,531 illegal gamblers
(Philippines) -- THE Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested 6,531 persons for illegal gambling as authorities pressed a nationwide vice crackdown.

3/30/2017

article Gaming the correct way
(Philippines) -- AT a recent discussion with Widus Hotel & Casino Vice President David Lawrence, he shares how Widus is a premier destination for leisure and how the...

3/26/2017

article VACC not giving up yet on Army navy club case
(Philippines) -- An anticrime group has maintained that its legal fight against the construction of a boutique hotel and gaming facility on the historic Army Navy Club...

3/25/2017

article CDO archbishop says no to new casino
(Philippines) -- Cagayan de Oro Archbishop Antonio Ledesma opposed over the weekend the reported plan by Limketkai Sons Inc. to build a new gaming site in its commercial...

3/21/2017

article Philippine casino investors scared away by President Duterte’s heavy hand
(Philippines) -- After taking on the role as president of the Philippines in 2016, Rodrigo Duterte quickly began to make changes to the gambling industry of the country...
article Philippines freezes gaming license issuances in Manila
(Philippines) -- The Philippines will not issue any more gaming licenses in the capital for five years after the industry regulator heeded oversupply concerns among...
article Pagcor okays $500-million Mactan casino
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) has approved the license for Lapu-Lapu City Casino, a $500- million integrated resort to be located...
article Philippines approves $500-mln mega-casino project, first outside the capital
(Philippines) -- The Philippine gaming regulator has approved a $500-million project for an integrated casino resort in the central island of Cebu, the first mega-casino...

3/20/2017

article Philippines casino industry to grow: Razon
(Philippines) -- Enrique Razon, chairman and chief executive of Asian casino operator Bloomberry Resorts Corp, says the prospects for the casino sector in the...

3/19/2017

article Bloomberry Exec. says Philippines may surpass Singapore in casino gaming
(Philippines) -- An improvement in tourism numbers as well as infrastructure within the Philippines may give the country an opportunity to see their casino sector...

3/17/2017

article ‘Political risks’ expected to delay Cebu casino
(Philippines) -- A group of potential investors in the US$1.4-billion casino project on the Philippine island of Cebu has dropped out due to “perceived political...

3/15/2017

article PNoy, other ex-execs accused of benefiting from pork, gambling; Saycon gives 'evidence' to Aguirre
(Philippines) -- Former President Benigno Aquino III and other officials during his administration mostly from the Liberal Party (LP) benefited from corrupt activities...

3/14/2017

article PAGCOR could lose part of its authority
(Philippines) -- The Anti-Trapo Movement of the Philippines (ATM), an advocacy non-governmental organisation, introduced to the national Supreme Court a petition to...
article PAGCOR chair Andrea Domingo to keynote inaugural ASEAN Gaming Summit
(Philippines) -- There’s no denying that the Philippines’ thriving gambling industry has seen a lot of changes in the last couple of months. The local...

3/13/2017

article Group seeks stop to online gaming
(Philippines) -- A CIVIL society group has asked the Supreme Court to stop the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. from granting licenses for online gaming operations...
article SC asked to stop Pagcor from issuing online gaming licenses
(Philippines) -- An advocacy group on Monday asked the Supreme Court to stop the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) from issuing online gaming licenses.

3/12/2017

article Jack Lam victim of extortion try: Philippine Senate
(Philippines) -- A Philippine Senate committee has said Chinese gaming entrepreneur Jack Lam Yin Lok was a victim of “extortion” rather than an instigator of...
article Philippine court rules on casino staff tussle: report
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Court of Appeals has reportedly ordered Melco Crown (Philippines) Resorts Corp – operator of the City of Dreams Manila casino...

3/11/2017

article Domingo defends P2.34-million advance rental fee to casino operator
(Philippines) -- Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) Chairman Andrea Domingo has upheld the legality of the P234-million advance rental fees paid to the...

3/9/2017

article Extortion raps poised over sacked BI execs
(Philippines) -- SEN. Richard Gordon yesterday said he would recommend extortion charges against former Immigration commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles but...

3/8/2017

article Cagayan de Oro casino proposal ignites interest
(Philippines) -- Plans for a proposed casino in the city of Cagayan de Oro in the Philippines are sparking interests beyond those of Limketkai and Sons Inc., said City...
article Philippine AML rules remain sketchy despite 2016 heist, US says
(Philippines) -- Almost a year has passed since the news of the $81 million Bangladeshi bank heist broke out, and yet the Philippines has yet to make progress in its...
article PhilWeb to acquire 15 PAGCOR e-Games stations
(Philippines) -- PHILWEB Corp. will acquire 15 Internet cafes dedicated to casino games from independent operators using 7.5 million shares currently kept in treasury....

3/5/2017

article US tags PHL as ‘major’ dirty money site
(Philippines) -- Joining the Philippines are 87 other economies considered major money laundering hubs under the International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Money...

2/27/2017

article Why Manila Is The Next Luxury Hot Spot
(Philippines) -- When it comes to major Asian metropolises, Manila tends to get overshadowed as a luxury travel destination. The competition is fierce. In Euromonitor...

2/26/2017

article SunCity Group restructuring Philippine online gambling ops?
(Philippines) -- Leading casino junket operator SunCity Group appears to be restructuring its Philippine online gambling operations in response to the country’s...
article ‘Gambling activities got half of subsidies for arts and recreation sector’
(Philippines) -- More than half of government subsidies for the arts and recreation sector went to gambling and betting activities, according to the Philippine...

2/25/2017

article P7-B hotel-casino rises in Greater Chinatown
(Philippines) -- This year of the Fire Rooster is said to be an auspicious year for gaming. To take advantage of this, publicly listed MJC Investments Corp. (MJIC)...

2/19/2017

article Thurderbird expands casino operation in Poro Point
(Philippines) -- Thunderbird Resorts Philippines, the local franchise of the international hospitality and casino operator, has expanded its casino here, as it hopes to...

2/17/2017

article Japanese Billionaire Plans to Transform Philippines to Become China's Hawaii
(Philippines) -- A gambling tycoon wants to transform the Philippines into a country of leisure and entertainment resort for wealthy citizens of nearby nations.
article Stay away from casinos, government employees urged
(Philippines) -- GOVERNMENT officials and employees were enjoined to strictly comply with the prohibition from entering, staying or playing at casino joints.

2/16/2017

article Jack Lam won’t be back in PH soon, says lawyer
(Philippines) -- Macau-based gambling tycoon Jack Lam won’t be back in the Philippines soon, his lawyer said Thursday. “It is the consensus of Mr. Lam’...
article Jack Lam’s alleged bagman Wally Sombrero makes no friends at Senate hearing
(Philippines) -- Former Philippine police superintendent Wally Sombrero drew the ire of a Senate committee investigating his alleged role as a bagman for gaming operator...
article THE MANY HATS AND TIES OF WALLY SOMBERO | From police officer to poker master to alleged bribe-giver
(Philippines) -- For many, retirement means either slowing down or stopping work because of old age. But not for Wenceslao “Wally” Azarcon Sombero. When he...
article Was Fontana raid meant to favor 'crony' in online gambling?
(Philippines) -- Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Thursday raised the question of whether the November 2016 raid and arrest of 1,316 Chinese workers at Fontana Leisure...
article ‘Ex-BI exec demanded P100M goodwill money’
(Philippines) -- SELF-confessed gambling expert Wally Sombero claimed that former Bureau of Immigration (BI) deputy commissioner Al Argosino had demanded P100 million in...
article Activists ask court to block construction of Manila Army and Navy Club casino
(Philippines) -- A local action group has asked the Philippines Court of Appeals to issue a temporary restraining order against government agencies and private...

2/14/2017

article Japanese Billionaire Plans to Transform Philippines into “The Next Hawaii”
(Philippines) -- Billionaire Kazuo Okada, whose net worth stands at $2.4 billion currently, intends to transform the Philippines (EPHE) (PIE) into “the next Hawaii...

2/13/2017

article Duterte announces order to combat illegal gambling
(Philippines) -- Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the country’s law enforcement agencies to intensify the fight against illegal gambling. The...

2/12/2017

article Dela Rosa declares war on illegal gambling
(Philippines) -- The Philippine National Police’s anti-drug campaign “Oplan Double Barrel Alpha” is taking a backseat as the police shift their focus...
article Gaming industry seen expanding outside of Entertainment City
(Philippines) -- The Philippine gaming industry is seen expanding outside the 100-hectare Entertainment City of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) in...
article Okada Manila pushes back grand opening to end of March
(Philippines) -- Gaming tycoon Kazuo Okada’s new casino resort Okada Manila is facing yet another delay.
article Rody to fire officials who coddle gambling lords
(Philippines) -- President Duterte would not hesitate to dismiss or order the filing of cases against officials who protect gambling lords or use his anti-illegal...

2/11/2017

article Philippines to Plug Money Laundering Holes in Casino Sector
(Philippines) -- The Philippines is pushing ahead with plans to tighten anti-money laundering (AML) controls in its casino sector.

2/10/2017

article Duterte orders war on illegal gambling
(Philippines) -- Following the war against illegal drugs, President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered law enforcement and government agencies to curb illegal gambling.
article Duterte targets illegal gambling in the Philippines
(Philippines) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is cracking down on illegal gambling as he continues to press forward with a nationwide anti-drug campaign that...
article EO issued to strengthen
(Philippines) -- PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed Executive Order (EO) No. 13 aimed at strengthening his administration’s crackdown on illegal gambling,...
article Philippine President Introduces Clearer Illegal Online Gambling Definition
(Philippines) -- After the massive crackdown on drugs, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has now set eyes on illegal online gambling. The Southeast Asian country...
article Philippines mulls seizing Jack Lam casino assets
(Philippines) -- The Philippine government is considering applying via the courts to seize casino assets held by Chinese businessman Jack Lam Yin Lok in that country.

2/9/2017

article Church opposes local business’ plan for casino in Cagayan de Oro
(Philippines) -- A plan by local business, Limketkai Sons Inc., for the creation of a casino within the company’s commercial complex located in the city of Cagayan...
article Aguirre eyes sequestration of Jack Lam’s casino assets
(Philippines) -- THE government is mulling over sequestration proceedings against Macau-based gaming tycoon Jack Lam’s casino assets at the Cagayan Economic Zone...
article Alleged bagman in BI payoff scandal again no-show at Senate
(Philippines) -- RETIRED POLICE senior superintendent Wenceslao “Wally” A. Sombero could have his passport revoked, as he would be facing contempt for again...

2/8/2017

article Argosino demanded P50-m bribe—Sombero
(Philippines) -- Retired police Supt. Wally Sombero disclosed on Wednesday that former Bureau of Immigration deputy commissioner Al Argosino demanded “five folders...

2/7/2017

article Crackdown on illegal gambling in the Philippines now underway
(Philippines) -- An apparent crackdown on illegal gambling in the Philippines is now underway as the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is in discussions with...
article Money straps key to Jack Lam deposits
(Philippines) -- Check the bank currency straps on the P50-million bribe to the two Immigration commissioners. Those paper straps would lead to Jack Lam’s bank...

2/6/2017

article Frontier Capital’s ‘aggressive expansion’ dream ends after Clark casino closes
(Philippines) -- Failure to settle its remaining escrow has caused the demise of another casino in the Clark Freeport Zone in the Philippines, local media has reported.
article Pagcor closes Casablanca casino in Clark: reports
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor) – the casino regulator in the country – has reportedly ordered the closure of the...

2/5/2017

article Philippines Government Directing Police to Rid Country of Illegal Gambling
(Philippines) -- The Philippines government has been going back and forth on gambling ever since President Rodrigo Duterte took the country’s highest office last...

2/3/2017

article NBI-PNP probe links syndicate getting casino payola to Ji’s death
(Philippines) -- The joint team of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) is now investigating a big syndicate in the NBI...
article Philippine casino GGR to rise 4% in 2017: analyst
(Philippines) -- Philippine casino gross gaming revenue will grow by as much as 4 percent this year as new roads in the country’s capital will make the island...

2/2/2017

article PCSO, PNP to set up task force against illegal gambling
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office is now in talks with the Philippine National Police to come up with a comprehensive plan to eliminate illegal...

1/29/2017

article Aguirre knew of illegal gambling at Lam’s Fontana—Trillanes
(Philippines) -- Senator Antonio Trillanes IV on Sunday alleged that Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre knew of the illegal gambling operations of Macau-based...

1/26/2017

article Despite online gaming crackdown– or because of it–casinos booming
(Philippines) -- When President Duterte assumed power in mid-2016, the prospects for the Philippine gaming industry looked uncertain. Within weeks of taking the reins of...

1/24/2017

article PNP admits fewer operations vs illegal gambling
(Philippines) -- The Philippine National Police admitted in a Senate hearing on Tuesday that anti-illegal gambling police operations have declined because of the shift...
article War on gambling: PCSO gets more small town lottery operators
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office on Tuesday announced it has increased the number of small town lottery operators from 18 to 56 in a bid to...

1/23/2017

article Ignacio: Tycoon Jack Lam owes PAGCOR P 13.9 billion
(Philippines) -- Philippine Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Vice President Arnel Ignacio estimates gambling tycoon Jack Lam owes the Philippine government P 13.9 billion in...

1/19/2017

article Philippines Deports First Group of Chinese Illegal iGaming Workers
(Philippines) -- Officials from the Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration have confirmed that the country has begun deporting the Chinese citizens who were detained...

1/18/2017

article Over 100 Chinese nationals in alleged illegal gambling deported
(Philippines) -- More than 100 Chinese nationals working for businessman Jack Lam's alleged illegal online gambling operations in Clark, Pampanga have been deported...

1/15/2017

article Tax losses from small-town lottery probed
(Philippines) -- The government will investigate the loopholes in the operations of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office’s small-town lottery to stop the billions...

1/14/2017

article Duterte’s next target: Illegal gambling
(Philippines) -- President Rodrigo Duterte’s Task Force on Illegal Gambling is taking center stage in his war on crime this month, with sweeping changes in the...
article DOJ to lead task force vs illegal online gaming, STL anomalies
(Philippines) -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) on Sunday said it will lead the task force that would crack down on illegal online gaming casinos and will also go after...

1/12/2017

article Probe Jack Lam’s tax liabilities, BIR urged
(Philippines) -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has called on the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to conduct a probe of tax liabilities of Chinese gambling magnate...

1/8/2017

article Tokhang to be applied vs illegal gambling
(Philippines) -- Oplan Tokhang is branching out, from prohibited drugs to illegal gambling. Interior and Local Government Secretary Ismael Sueno has ordered the...
article OP/ED | Allan: The city officials that support gambling
(Philippines) -- IN 2009, the city council passed resolution number 121 enjoining the Honorable Mayor Reinaldo A. Bautista Jr to consider denying business permit...

1/7/2017

article The billionaire who wants to create the ‘kawaii’ feeling–in a casino
(Philippines) -- The man whom subordinates call “The Chairman” sat on a pink high-backed chair in the middle of a quiet atrium of the lobby of Okada Manila,...

1/5/2017

article Interpol led bust of Jack Lam’s Philippine online gambling ops
(Philippines) -- Last November’s arrests of 1,316 Chinese nationals working at Jack Lam’s illegal online gambling operation in the Philippines were part of a...

1/3/2017

article Online gambling may be Duterte's next target
(Philippines) -- Online gambling companies in the Philippines are suffering in the stock market after President Rodrigo Duterte said that he plans to shutter the...

1/2/2017

article Rody allows Jack Lam to return, on 3 conditions
(Philippines) -- President Duterte is allowing Chinese casino mogul Jack Lam to return and continue his businesses in the country after earlier ordering his arrest and...
article Sangil: There’s no business like casino business
(Philippines) -- MONEY. Big money. At any given day a gambling casino in the entertainment complex in Pasay City gets a gross net of around P100 million, according to a...

12/28/2016

article Japanese casino tycoon wants to make Philippines 'next Hawaii'
(Philippines) -- Japanese gambling tycoon Kazuo Okada, who is opening a new $2.4 billion casino resort in Manila, said Wednesday he hoped to make the Philippines "...
article Okada casino secures license, to operate Friday
(Philippines) -- The $2.4-billion Okada Manila is set to officially open on Friday after securing a provisional casino license from state gaming firm Philippine...

12/27/2016

article Lam’s online casino still cannot operate—Aguirre
(Philippines) -- JUSTICE Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Tuesday clarified the online gambling outlets of Chinese tycoon in his Fontana Leisure Park and Casino in...
article Pagcor to bid out online gaming contracts
(Philippines) -- The state-owned gaming regulator Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) will bid out the service contract for its online gaming operations,...
article Philippine online gaming industry still unsure where it stands
(Philippines) -- Online gambling technology provider PhilWeb’s hopes of acquiring a new gaming license in the Philippines have hit a major snag. On Tuesday,...
article PhilWeb to face bidding process to get back e-Games operations
(Philippines) -- PHILWEB Corp. may have to go through competitive bidding before it can operate again the e-Games network of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (...

12/26/2016

article Ceza open to scrutiny on online gaming operations
(Philippines) -- The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (Ceza) announced it is opening its books of accounts and operations to a government investigating team led by...
article Pagcor expediting process for new e-Games licence
(Philippines) -- The Philippines casino regulator, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor), says it is “expediting the procurement process” for a...
article ‘Online gambling in Bataan legal’
(Philippines) -- Bataan Gov. Abet Garcia has clarified that online gambling is allowed in the province by virtue of the mandate given to the Authority of Freeport Area...

12/25/2016

article GEN HK taps Manila’s outbound casino cruise market
(Philippines) -- Casino cruise ship operator Genting Hong Kong Ltd has announced it will for the first time use Manila in the Philippines as a home port for its...

12/24/2016

article Moro ex-rebels laud Duterte anti-online gambling drive
(Philippines) -- The Philippines’ one-time largest Moro rebel group expressed support Saturday for President Rodrigo Duterte’s declaration on banning online...
article PAGCOR licensees safe from Philippine online crackdown
(Philippines) -- The Philippines gaming regulator has clarified President Rodrigo Duterte’s comments regarding his wish to curtail online gambling activity.
article Pagcor to control all online gambling licenses, clarifies Duterte ‘closures’
(Philippines) -- Yesterday, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) walked back a statement from the country’s president that indicated all online...
article Closure order lifted on Lam’s Fontana
(Philippines) -- The state-owned Clark Development Corp. (CDC) has lifted its closure order on Fontana Leisure Park here, as thousands of its workers reported for work...
article Gaming tycoon Jack Lam faces anti-dummy complaint
(Philippines) -- AN anti-crime group filed on Friday an anti-dummy complaint against Chinese gaming tycoon Jack Lam before the Department of Justice (DoJ).

12/23/2016

article Aguirre to lead online gaming crackdown
(Philippines) -- President Duterte has tapped Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to lead a task force that would crack down on online gaming casinos in economic...
article Pagcor clarifies ban on online gambling
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) clarified yesterday only unlicensed online gaming companies would be covered by President Duterte...
article Philippines President vows to ban online gambling
(Philippines) -- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has announced his intention to outlaw online gambling in the Southeast Asian country. Duterte revealed the plans...

12/22/2016

article Duterte to gambling sites: get POGO license or get out
(Philippines) -- More details have emerged on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s latest vow to target the local online gambling industry. Following Duterte...
article Justice ordered to swoop down on online gambling in Philippines
(Philippines) -- PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday ordered Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II to investigate the proliferation of online gambling operations and...
article Philippine president says he will stop of all online gambling
(Philippines) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte announced on Thursday he would halt all online gambling in his country. Duterte made the comment while announcing a...
article Philippines president orders closure of online gambling
(Philippines) -- Rodrigo Duterte, President of the Philippines, who has been on the tabloids for months for being notoriously against the gambling industry, has now...
article Kazuo Okada predicts new Manila casino will turn first year profit
(Philippines) -- Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada celebrated the ‘public preview’ of his new Okada Manila resort by predicting the Philippines’ casino...

12/21/2016

article 600 illegal Chinese workers post bail
(Philippines) -- Nearly half of the more than 1,000 alleged illegal Chinese workers arrested in a leisure park in Pampanga were able to gain temporary freedom after...
article DOJ orders BI chief: Turn over P20-M casino bribe
(Philippines) -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II yesterday ordered Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente to surrender the remaining P20 million of...
article Japanese billionaire backs Duterte's war on crime
(Philippines) -- Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada on Wednesday expressed support for President Rodrigo Duterte's war on crime, saying it is "good for business....
article ‘Return bribe money from Jack Lam’
(Philippines) -- Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre 2nd of the Department of Justice on Wednesday ordered Bureau of Immigration (BI) Commissioner Jaime Morente to return P20...
article Okada Manila to open with soft launch today
(Philippines) -- Today marks a ‘preview period’ for the Okada Manila, the newest gaming and entertainment resort to be located in the Philippines.

12/20/2016

article Thousands of gaming jobs seen as Okada resort opens
(Philippines) -- Thousand of new jobs are expected to be created over the next few months as the $2.4-billion Okada Manila resort and casino complex—the newest...

12/19/2016

article Duterte orders Jack Lam assets sequestered
(Philippines) -- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the properties of Jimei Group founder Jack Lam to be seized, according to local media reports. The...

12/18/2016

article Aguirre willing to quit post over Jack Lam scandal
(Philippines) -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II said he is willing to leave his post if President Duterte wants him out because of the bribery scandal in the...
article Seize casino operator’s assets, orders president
(Philippines) -- President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte ordered the seizure of the properties and other assets of a Chinese gambling casino operator linked to the...

12/17/2016

article Rody fires BI execs in casino bribe
(Philippines) -- President Duterte has fired Immigration Deputy Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles, as well as the immigration bureau’s intelligence...

12/16/2016

article Duterte orders seizure of Lam’s assets in PH
(Philippines) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Saturday said he has ordered the seizure of all assets in the Philippines of Macau gambling magnate Jack Lam for not paying...

12/15/2016

article Okada Manila to open next Wednesday
(Philippines) -- The Philippines’ largest integrated resort property, Okada Manila, will offer a soft launch and preview on December 21 with $2.4 billion invested...

12/13/2016

article Immigration execs: It was an entrapment that backfired
(Philippines) -- They were caught with the bags of cash, but Bureau of Immigration (BI) Deputy Commissioners Al Argosino and Michael Robles yesterday denied corruption...

12/12/2016

article Jack Lam intermediary’s $1m bribe caught on video
(Philippines) -- The fallout from gaming operator Jack Lam’s alleged bribery of Philippine officials shows no sign of abating. Monday brought word that the...

12/10/2016

article DOJ chief orders probe on alleged massive pay-offs at BI
(Philippines) -- Justice Secrtary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Sunday said he has ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the alleged massive pay-...
article PAGCOR Defends Its Role as Offshore Online Gambling Regulator
(Philippines) -- PAGCOR, the Philippine gambling regulator, asserted its authority to regulate the provision of offshore online gambling services from within the country...

12/9/2016

article Jack Lam blacklisted over illegal casino
(Philippines) -- Chinese gaming mogul Jack Lam has been blacklisted by the government over his alleged illegal online casino in Clark Field, Pampanga.

12/8/2016

article Duterte: Jack Lam can resume Philippine gaming once tax paid
(Philippines) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte says fugitive casino/junket/online gambling operator Jack Lam can resume his local gaming operations provided he...
article Lam told: Settle taxes, resume business in PH
(Philippines) -- PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte said Thursday Chinese gambling tycoon Jack Lam need only pay his taxes to avoid criminal charges after ordering his arrest.
article Philippines' Duterte tells Macau casino boss to apologise, pay correct taxes
(Philippines) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Thursday he would allow Jack Lam, one of Asia's top casino kingpins, to do business in the country...
article Anti-corruption group challenges online authority of Philippines regulator
(Philippines) -- In the Philippines, an anti-corruption group has filed a petition before the Supreme Court challenging the constitutional right of the Philippine...

12/7/2016

article Duterte: Jack Lam can come back if he pays taxes
(Philippines) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday said he is open to allowing Chinese gambling tycoon Jack Lam back into the Philippines to resume his business, if...
article Jack Lam sends surrender feelers
(Philippines) -- Fugitive Chinese businessman Jack Lam, operator of the illegal online gaming firm at the Fontana Leisure Parks and Casino in Clark, Pampanga, has...
article Philippines' Duterte takes aim at Macau casino boss
(Philippines) -- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the arrest of Jack Lam, one of Asia's top casino kingpins, on charges of economic sabotage and...
article Jimei International distances itself from Director Jack Lam after Philippine authorities issue arrest warrant
(Macau) -- Macau based and Hong Kong listed Jimei International Entertainment Group Limited released a statement to distance itself from its controlling shareholder and...

12/6/2016

article Fontana ordered closed; 500 workers displaced by Clark casino closure
(Philippines) -- The Clark Development Corporation (CDC) has served a cease and desist order (CDO) against Fontana Development Corporation (FDC). The CDO was signed by...
article Gaming tycoon Jack Lam flees Philippines, has casinos shut down amid sabotage and bribery allegations
(Philippines) -- One of Asia’s most influential gaming industry figures has been forced to flee the Philippines after becoming a prime target of President Rodrigo...
article Lam faces more troubles; links with Tugade belied
(Philippines) -- GAMING tycoon Jack Lam does not have a permit from the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, contrary to the claim by his lawyer, Justice Secretary Vitaliano...
article SC asked to stop Pagcor from issuing offshore gaming licenses
(Philippines) -- An anti-corruption watchdog on Wednesday asked the Supreme Court to nullify a regulation issued by the board of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming...

12/5/2016

article After Fontana, Fort Ilocandia casino shut down
(Philippines) -- Following the temporary closure of the Fontana Leisure Park in Pampanga, another casino was shuttered due to lack of permits. Police and officials from...
article Fontana casino shut down; Lam still in Phl?
(Philippines) -- Agents of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) and the Angeles City police shut down the other day the casino operated by fugitive Chinese...
article Macau's top gambling tycoon: Who is Jack Lam?
(Philippines) -- Another name has been added to the list of individuals who have earned the ire of President Rodrigo Duterte. Jack Lam, a Chinese gaming tycoon, is...

12/4/2016

article Jack Lam has left PH
(Philippines) -- The Chinese gaming tycoon whom President Duterte ordered arrested immediately for bribery and economic sabotage in connection with his illegal online...
article Jack Lam left PH ahead of Duterte order – BI
(Philippines) -- Jack Lam, the Chinese gaming tycoon accused of bribery and economic sabotage, left the Philippines last Tuesday, November 29, a few days before...
article Sans arrest warrant, PNP launches manhunt but bizman Jack Lam has left PH
(Philippines) -- Chinese casino and online gambling tycoon Jack Lam (real name: Lam Yin Yok) had already left the country even before President Rodrigo Duterte ordered...
article ‘Warrantless arrest’ against Lam justified
(Philippines) -- THE Justice Department on Sunday defended President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to arrest Chinese gaming tycoon Jack Lam, despite the absence of a...
article Fontana casino in Clark shut down for lack of permits
(Philippines) -- The casino reportedly owned by gambling tycoon Jack Lam has been shut down as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte. Officials of the Philippine...
article Analysis: Aguirre keeps mouth open but nose covered to corruption
(Philippines) -- IF President Rodrigo Duterte is contemplating reorganizing his Cabinet as a fresh start for the new year, the first on the chopping block should be...
article Chinese escapee denies he bribed BI officials for freedom
(Philippines) -- ONE of the Chinese nationals arrested at an online gaming site in Clark, Pampanga and who were among those who recently escaped, has returned to the...
article Philippines seeks Bangladesh help on $81 million cyber-heist
(Philippines) -- The Philippines has asked Bangladesh to share details of its investigation into an $81 million cyber-heist from the Bangladesh central bank after the...
article Rodrigo Duterte’s Gaming Policy: Damned If You Do, Damned If You Don’t
(Philippines) -- Philippines Rodrigo Duterte is a complicated man. Upon assuming the presidency at the end of June, the Filipino leader wasted no time celebrating and...
article ‘Gambling lord’ vs ‘gambling lord’ in arrest of 1,319 Chinese workers
(Philippines) -- This was how reliable sources described the ensuing scandal that erupted in the arrest of 1,319 illegal Chinese workers at the plush Fontana Leisure...

12/3/2016

article Aguirre: Absence of charges can’t stop arrest order vs. Jack Lam
(Philippines) -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Sunday defended President Rodrigo Duterte's order to arrest gaming tycoon Jack Lam over bribery try...
article Jack Lam denies Philippine DOJ bribery allegations
(Philippines) -- Casino and junket operator Jack Lam has denied attempting to bribe high-ranking Philippine officials to protect his gaming interests, but the nation...
article Jack Lam’s camp mum on Duterte arrest order
(Philippines) -- Gaming tycoon Jack Lam's camp has declined to comment on President Rodrigo Duterte's order to have him arrested over charges of bribery and...

12/2/2016

article Gambling tycoon denies bribery accusations in connection with arrest of Chinese nationals
(Philippines) -- A LAWYER for gaming tycoon Jack Lam on Friday denied allegations that he attempted to bribe government officials for the release of more than 1,000...
article Philippines set to deport immigrants for illegal online gambling
(Philippines) -- The Philippines is preparing to deport 1,318 Chinese nationals for their part in an illegal online gambling scheme in the country. Last week, national...

12/1/2016

article Pagcor issues 35 licenses to start offshore gaming
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) has issued about 35 offshore gaming licenses as part of the initial roll-out of the Duterte...
article Probe gambling tycoon’s ‘ninong,’ Congress urged
(Philippines) -- Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has urged Congress to look into the “ninong,” or protector, who allowed gambling tycoon Jack Lam to...

11/29/2016

article Aguirre bares bribe offer for release of 1,316 Chinese
(Philippines) -- The Department of Justice said up to P200,000 was being offered for the release of each of the 1,316 Chinese nationals who were arrested last week for...

11/28/2016

article China 'concerned' over Philippines' detention of Chinese in gambling crackdown
(Philippines) -- China is concerned over the Philippines' detention of more than a thousand Chinese nationals during a crackdown on online gambling, the Foreign...
article Tensions rise as a THOUSAND Chinese arrested by Filipino government in gambling crackdown
(Philippines) -- The Philippines immigration bureau last week detained about 1,200 Chinese people working in call centre-like facilities suspected of running online...

11/24/2016

article 1300 nabbed in Philippines Online Gambling Bust
(Philippines) -- Philippine immigration authorities on Friday rounded-up more than a thousand undocumented Chinese nationals during a raid inside a posh rest and...

11/19/2016

article PAGCOR Begins Privatizing Philippines State-Owned Casinos
(Philippines) -- PAGCOR, the Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation, is in the process of selling its state-owned casinos and slots clubs to private companies and...

11/18/2016

article Lawmaker: PAGCOR casino privatization to be completed by 2017
(Philippines) -- The Philippines is targeting to finish the privatization of all of its casino by the third quarter of 2017, according to a Philippine senator, according...

11/17/2016

article Gambling now used as cover for illegal drugs operations
(Philippines) -- With the Duterte administration’s all-out war on illegal drugs, peddlers have found another clever, if not creative, way to sell prohibited...
article Group files graft raps vs. Makati’s Abby Binay over online gambling
(Philippines) -- An anti-corruption group asked the Office of the Ombudsman on Thursday to indict Mayor Abigail Binay for graft over alleged continued proliferation of...

11/16/2016

article Manila casinos gaming revenues increase due to junket operators
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation released the gaming revenue numbers for casinos in Manila showing an increase for Q3 2016. The figures...

11/12/2016

article Philippines Returns $15 Million Stolen From Bangladesh Account at N.Y. Fed
(Bangladesh) -- Philippine authorities returned $15 million of $81 million stolen from Bangladesh’s account at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York in a February...

11/8/2016

article Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte Eases Assault on Gambling, Considers Online Regulation
(Philippines) -- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has been called the Donald Trump of the east, a more outlandish, and definitively more violent, version of the US...

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