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article Makati gov't closes raided illegal POGO
(7/8/2020)
(Philippines) -- Makati city business permits & licensing office personnel implement a closure order on an illegal POGO discovered in Bgy. Pio Del Pilar manned...
article Thousands lose jobs after online casinos catering to Chinese close
(6/30/2020)
(Philippines) -- Two online casino operators that cater mostly to Chinese clients are exiting the Philippines, and more shutdowns of offshore gaming firms in the...
article PAGCOR: POGOs ‘feel unwelcome,’ leaving Philippines over tax disputes
(6/29/2020)
(Philippines) -- A couple of years of media scandals, government pressure and pandemic uncertainty have finally taken their toll on the Philippine Offshore Gambling...
article Gaming firms shutting down, Pagcor warns
(6/28/2020)
(Philippines) -- THE Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) warned that more gaming firms could shut down because of stringent tax rules that worsened the...
article POGO exodus looms as gaming firms keen to exit Philippines, says PAGCOR
(6/28/2020)
(Philippines) -- Two offshore gaming companies have left the country with more seen to exit the Philippines amid tax "issues" with the government, the...
article Philippines casinos catering to illicit Chinese gamblers are causing kidnappings and chaos in Manila
(6/13/2020)
(Philippines) -- Dozens of scantily dressed Filipina croupiers stand in booths shuffling cards in front of a webcam, their faces softly illuminated by professional...
article PAGCOR eyes gradual reopening of casinos
(6/9/2020)
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) is eyeing the resumption of casino operations this month to save the jobs of thousands of workers...
article Casinos to reopen soon—PAGCOR
(6/8/2020)
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) wants casinos to resume their operations later this month or in July to generate revenues for the...
article PAGCOR targeting June reopening of Manila casinos: Domingo
(6/8/2020)
(Philippines) -- The Chair and CEO of Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR, Andrea Domingo, says she remains hopeful Manila’s land-based casinos can resume...
article Okada Manila 1Q net sales down 6pct amid pandemic
(5/29/2020)
(Philippines) -- Japanese gaming conglomerate Universal Entertainment Corp says its group net sales in the first three months of 2020 actually rose, by 80.1 percent, to...
article City of Dreams Manila plans for soft reopening as COVID-19 cases spike
(5/28/2020)
(Philippines) -- Although the future of Manila’s COVID-19 situation appears to still be very much in doubt, City of Dreams (CoD) is betting on a soft re-opening in...
article City of Dreams' new protocols give a glimpse on how casino-resorts might operate post-ECQ
(5/27/2020)
(Philippines) -- In preparation for a soft reopening at a time officially set by the government, City of Dreams Manila has started setting up free COVID-19 testing for...
article Okada Manila to lay off 1,000 employees due to COVID-19 pressures
(5/27/2020)
(Philippines) -- Philippines integrated resort Okada Manila has informed its team that more than 1,000 employees will be made redundant due to the ongoing suspension of...
article POGOs contributing US$1.87 billion to Philippine economy annually, says industry group
(5/20/2020)
(Philippines) -- Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) are contributing around Php94.7 billion (US$1.87 billion) to the local economy, and could reach as high as...
article PAGCOR issues warning to “NOGOs” after 265 Chinese nationals arrested for running illegal Manila POGO
(5/18/2020)
(Philippines) -- Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR has applauded a joint police operation that saw 265 Chinese nationals arrested in Manila on Thursday night for...
article PhilWeb extends forced leave for employees for another month
(5/18/2020)
(Philippines) -- Philippines electronic gaming outlet service provider PhilWeb Corporation has announced the extension for one month of “forced leave” for...
article A modified lockdown until May 31 for Manila: govt
(5/12/2020)
(Philippines) -- An extensive lockdown for Metro Manila, including its large-scale casino resorts in Entertainment City – and known locally as “enhanced...
article Weed out illegal gaming operators, ASPAP urges
(5/10/2020)
(Philippines) -- Following the approval for the limited operations of the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators in the country, the Accredited Service Providers...
article Philippines police to monitor POGOs as new bill seeks to ban them
(5/7/2020)
(Philippines) -- Online gambling operators may have been given the green light to resume operations in the Philippines, but they won’t be doing it without heavy...
article OP/ED: The invisible hands in Pogos
(5/6/2020)
(Philippines) -- There are invisible hands in the Philippines and China orchestrating the activities of Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos). Pogos run...
article POGOs are ineligible for tax breaks — gaming, tax officials
(5/5/2020)
(Philippines) -- Online casino service providers are not qualified for any tax incentives despite being classified as business process outsourcing (BPO) companies,...
article PAGCOR: A primer on the truth about POGO
(5/3/2020)
(Philippines) -- Over the years, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has been at the forefront of ensuring fair play and competition in all gaming...
article PAGCOR allows partial resumption of POGO operations
(5/2/2020)
(Philippines) -- Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR has authorized the nation’s Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) to resume some operations in order to boost...
article POGOs face new Senate probe, disowned by BPO industry
(5/2/2020)
(Philippines) -- Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Saturday said he would move to resume the blue ribbon committee inquiry into the Philippine offshore gaming...
article POGOs: A phenomenon wrapped in contradictions
(5/1/2020)
(Philippines) -- A friend and classmate of mine retired from teaching in the United States and decided to settle back in the Philippines. Finding her parental home eaten...
article Pagcor’s 1Q net income halved as gaming revenue falls
(4/28/2020)
(Philippines) -- State-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor) reported net income of nearly PHP777.44 million (US$15.4 million) for the first three months of...
article Manila Casinos Remain Closed Through May 15, as New Coronavirus Cases Escalate in Philippines
(4/26/2020)
(Philippines) -- The Philippines has 7,579 confirmed COVID-19 cases as of Saturday. The respiratory disease has been blamed for 501 deaths. The World Health Organization...
article POGOs, gambling still banned in GCQ areas
(4/26/2020)
(Philippines) -- Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) and other forms of gambling are not yet allowed even in areas under general community quarantine,...
article Philippines health experts recommend extended quarantine measures for Metro Manila
(4/21/2020)
(Philippines) -- Philippines health experts have asked President Rodrigo Duterte to extend the implementation of enhanced community quarantine in certain areas of the...
article Ent City Manila casinos aid pandemic fight: Pagcor
(4/16/2020)
(Philippines) -- Manila’s four large-scale private-sector casino resorts – collectively referred to as making up Entertainment City in the Philippine capital...
article Okada Manila pause to cost US$139mln in rev: Universal
(4/15/2020)
(Philippines) -- The promoter of the Okada Manila casino resort (pictured) in the Philippine capital expects the current temporary shutdown of the property will result...
article Bloomberry Resorts and Okada Manila announce investment, relief plans
(4/14/2020)
(Philippines) -- The Philippines casino sector is in a holding pattern right now. The country continues to implement strict quarantine rules as it leads SouthEast Asia...
article The Philippines might sell PAGCOR casinos to cover COVID-19 debt
(4/14/2020)
(Philippines) -- Drastic times call for drastic measures, and a plan in the Philippines might win the prize for taking things to a new level. In an effort to recoup...
article Philippines Senate calls for immediate sale of PAGCOR casinos to fund COVID-19 fight
(4/13/2020)
(Philippines) -- The implementation of community quarantine measures across the Philippines’ main island of Luzon in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic has...
article Razon declares 2020 a write-off but Bloomberry cash position remains strong
(4/8/2020)
(Philippines) -- The Chairman and CEO of Manila’s Bloomberry Resorts Corp, Enrique Razon Jr, has described 2020 as a write-off but says the company has no concerns...
article Casino shutdown in the Philippines could be extended
(4/6/2020)
(Philippines) -- Gaming action in the Philippines went dark on March 15 as the country began taking measures to combat the coronavirus. President Rodrigo Duterte issued...
article Bingo players nabbed for breaking quarantine rules in Baguio
(4/5/2020)
(Philippines) -- Six men were apprehended on Sunday (Palm Sunday, April 5) for playing bingo in violation of quarantine rules that prohibit assemblies to prevent the...
article Philippines casino operator makes donation
(4/4/2020)
(Philippines) -- Philippines casino operator PAGCOR has distributed US$3.9m in essential items during the coronavirus pandemic.
article Pagcor expects up to P6 billion losses from gaming suspension
(4/1/2020)
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) expects to lose as much as P6 billion in revenues a month following the suspension of gaming...
article Philippine gambling shutdown costing regulator $118m a month
(3/31/2020)
(Philippines) -- The Philippines’ gambling regulator says it’s continuing to provide cash for local pandemic relief efforts despite the fact that the suspension of...
article PAGCOR losing up to Php6 billion per month on Philippines casino closures
(3/30/2020)
(Philippines) -- Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR says it is losing between Php5 billion and Php6 billion per month in revenue while the nation’s casinos remain...
article Suntrust Home raising $300m for hotel casino
(3/30/2020)
(Philippines) -- Suntrust Home Developers Inc., a company that is 51-percent owned by Asia’s largest junket operator Suncity Group Holdings Limited., plans to...
article Life in the time of Covid-19: A casino hotel’s action plan
(3/28/2020)
(Philippines) -- Here in the Philippines, the month of March has always ushered in the dry season in lieu of what is called “summer” in other parts of the...
article Suncity boss Alvin Chau provides shareholder approval to complete US$200 million payment for Manila hotel and casino site
(3/26/2020)
(Philippines) -- Suncity Group Holdings Limited has taken another step towards formally activating an agreement to develop the hotel and casino at Westside City Resorts...
article ‘Philippines in good fiscal position to combat COVID-19’
(3/26/2020)
(Philippines) -- The government will not go bankrupt even if at least P275 billion in this year’s national budget were allotted to fight the spread of the...
article Philippine Regulator PAGCOR Wants to Reopen High Stakes Tables to Fund Coronavirus Fight
(3/25/2020)
(Philippines) -- Philippine casino regulator-operator PAGCOR has released $118 million to state coffers to help fund the fight against the coronavirus. But PAGCOR chair...
article Bloomberry Resorts celebrates dismissal of Bangladesh heist suit
(3/23/2020)
(Philippines) -- Philippine casino operator Bloomberry Resorts is off the hook – for the moment, at least – for millions of dollars stolen from the central...
article Philippine online gambling, VIP casino restart could aid virus fight
(3/23/2020)
(Philippines) -- The Philippines’ gambling regulator wants permission to resume online gambling and VIP casino operations to help fund the government’s anti-...
article Casino operators donate P200M
(3/22/2020)
(Philippines) -- More than P200 million worth of essential items will be donated by the four casino operators in the country to boost government’s efforts in...
49 Total Articles on this Issue

COVID-19

article OP/ED: Bayanihan in the country and int’l partnerships vs COVID-19
(4/4/2020)
(Philippines) -- For me and I think as for many others, COVID-19, a virus that burst into the world killing thousands, remains a mystery. It abruptly stopped our way of...
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Other News

article Bloomberry's celebration over bank heist suit win was premature
(4/21/2020)
(Philippines) -- When a U.S. court dismissed racketeering charges against Bloomberry Resorts last month, the Philippine casino operator was finally able to breathe a...
article ‘E-sabong’ bid gains ground in South Cotabato
(3/9/2020)
(Philippines) -- A group of cockpit owners in the country is seeking clearance from the provincial government of South Cotabato to allow the livestreaming, or broadcast...
article 7 persons jailed for illegal gambling
(2/25/2020)
(Philippines) -- Seven persons were caught engaging in illegal gambling in Barangay Duyan-Duyan, Cabatuan, Iloilo. They were Charles Pacaonsis, 42; Rex Lozada, 49; Alex...
article PAGCOR closes Casino Filipino – Tagaytay amid further Taal Volcano eruption threat
(1/14/2020)
(Philippines) -- Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR has temporarily closed Casino Filipino in Tagaytay following the eruption of the Taal Volcano on Sunday. Around 8,...
article Duterte played China over online gambling. The house won
(11/25/2019)
(Philippines) -- Chinese offshore gambling is supposed to be the goose that lays the golden eggs. But Filipinos are discovering that finding those eggs is easier said...
article Construction of Clark Global City starts
(11/25/2019)
(Philippines) -- Construction of the 177-hectare mixed-use development Clark Global City (CGC) in Pampanga has started, with a groundbreaking ceremony held by Udenna...
article Tribe seeks rejection of mining firm's permit renewal
(11/18/2019)
(Philippines) -- Members of the Tuwali Tribe of Nueva Vizcaya and their local government officials ask President Rodrigo Duterte not to approve the renewal of permit of...
article Subic Bay Yacht Club launches new boutique casino
(11/15/2019)
(Philippines) -- The recent launch of the Subic Bay Yacht Club’s new boutique casino has appeared to help increase the already surging Philippine gambling industry...
article U.S. Navy Destroyer Sunk in World War II Is Found 20,000 Feet Under the Sea
(11/5/2019)
(Philippines) -- Researchers say they believe the debris field off the Philippines is from the U.S.S. Johnston DD-557, which played a pivotal role in the Battle of Leyte...
article Suncity launches upgraded VIP Club at City of Dreams Manila
(9/28/2019)
(Philippines) -- Suncity Group has relocated its Suncity VIP Club at City of Dreams Manila to a new, larger space. The company told Inside Asian Gaming that the new...
article Asian Poker Tour signs new two-year deal with Resorts World Manila
(9/23/2019)
(Philippines) -- The Asian Poker Tour (APT) has signed a new two-year agreement with Resorts World Manila (RWM) that will ensure at least two major APT events are held...
article More than 320 Chinese arrested in Philippines
(9/20/2019)
(Philippines) -- The Philippine immigration bureau says its agents, backed by troops, have arrested 324 Chinese accused of involvement in illegal online gambling and...
article Philippines arrests hundreds of Chinese for alleged cybercrimes
(9/19/2019)
(Philippines) -- About 600 allegedly illegal Chinese workers have been arrested in the Philippines in less than a week after Beijing’s call for a crackdown on online...
article Andrew Tan leading group to repurchase shares in Alliance
(9/18/2019)
(Philippines) -- It doesn’t seem like it was very long ago when Andrew Tan was stepping aside from his position as CEO of the Alliance Global Group, Inc. (AGI). That is...
article Widus Casino gets Clark’s first full gaming permit: firm
(9/6/2019)
(Philippines) -- Widus Philippines Inc, owner and operator of the Widus Hotel and Casino at Clark Freeport Zone in the Philippines, says its casino has been formally...
article Travellers International Hotel Group sets tender price for shares in privatization push
(8/17/2019)
(Philippines) -- Resorts World Manila operator Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc has set a price of Php5.50 per common share for an impending tender offer as it...
article Step into the world of lumad tribes at the Kadayawan Cultural Village
(8/10/2019)
(Philippines) -- From being a window to how the six Moro and five lumad tribes live, the Kadayawan Cultural Village in Magsaysay Park here has taken on another purpose:...
article Juliet Adelstein: Ganapati to release a Manny Pacquiao game
(7/23/2019)
(Philippines) -- One of the biggest requests from Filipino casino operators has been to have games aimed at local culture. Not only is Ganapati Europe about to deliver...
article Kazuo Okada loses 2 court battles in less than a month
(7/19/2019)
(Philippines) -- Kazuo Okada looks like he’s having another rough, not good, very bad month. The Philippine Daily Inquirer reports the Japanese gambling tycoon has...
article On a Philippine island, indigenous groups take the fight to big palm oil
(7/11/2019)
(Philippines) -- The sandy path from the village of bamboo houses winds down through the coconut palms, which gives way to mangroves growing along the muddy shoreline....

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