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Galaxy Ent Boracay project might have chance: Pagcor

It might still be possible for Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd to move ahead with its proposed casino resort project in Boracay in the Philippines, suggested a senior official at the country’s casino regulator, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor), in an interview with GGRAsia. That is despite the country’s President Rodrigo Duterte having previously expressed his stance against such a casino scheme.

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8/6/2020

article Universal says US$268 million sale of land near Okada Manila on hold as COVID-19 halts casino momentum
(Philippines) -- The community quarantine measures imposed on Metro Manila since 15 March 2020 due to COVID-19 appears to have had wider consequences for Japan’s...

7/31/2020

article Manila quarantine measures extended for two more weeks as Philippines COVID cases reach record high
(Philippines) -- Manila’s casinos will reach five full months of closure after Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte extended General Community Quarantine across...

7/29/2020

article PAGCOR falls to US$48 million loss in 2Q20 as Manila casinos remain closed
(Philippines) -- Philippine gaming regulator PAGCOR has fallen to a loss of Php1.60 billion (US$32.5 million) in the six months to 30 June 2020, hit hard by the...

7/28/2020

article Hong Kong court rejects Universal Entertainment request to freeze Kazuo Okada assets over US$620 million Okada Manila damages claim
(Hong Kong) -- Japanese gaming mogul Kazuo Okada has scored a crucial win over his former company, Universal Entertainment Corp, after the High Court of the Hong Kong...

7/23/2020

article Philippines casinos face warning of stricter lockdown for August
(Philippines) -- Before Manila-area casinos have any hope of reopening, and definitely before they have a hope of returning to strong revenues, the General Community...
article Suncity Group subsidiary to pay third US$66 million deposit towards use of Manila hotel and casino site
(Philippines) -- Suncity Group’s Philippines subsidiary, SunTrust Home Developers Inc, has entered into a supplemental agreement with Westside City Resorts World...

7/22/2020

article Solaire VIP deal faces further delays amid COVID pandemic
(Philippines) -- Hong Kong investment firm Rich Goldman Holdings announced a three-month delay to launch of their new VIP room at Solaire Resort & Casino in the...

7/21/2020

article Rich Goldman still hopeful of launching Manila junket operations despite COVID delays
(Philippines) -- Former Macau junket investor Rich Goldman Holdings says it has extended by three months the deadline to fulfill all conditions under a joint venture...

7/19/2020

article Casino Filipino site shut after staff positive for Covid-19
(Philippines) -- A Casino Filipino venue, located in Angeles city on the Philippine main island Luzon, was temporarily shut down from Friday, after three gaming...

7/18/2020

article Pandemic threatens to burst Philippines’ online gaming bubble
(Philippines) -- WITH the twin global gaming centers of Macau and Las Vegas bleeding millions of dollars daily as casinos stand empty, the much smaller online gaming...

7/17/2020

article Why Philippines’ online gaming industry may not survive coronavirus
(Macau) -- With the twin global gaming centres of Macau and Las Vegas bleeding millions of dollars daily as casinos stand empty, the much smaller online gaming industry...

7/16/2020

article Coronavirus pandemic threatens to burst Philippines' online gaming bubble
(Philippines) -- With the twin global gaming centres of Macau and Las Vegas bleeding millions of dollars daily as casinos stand empty, the much smaller online gaming...

7/14/2020

article Manila airport authority severs ties with consortium over US$2 billion NAIA upgrade
(Philippines) -- The Manila International Airport Authority has terminated a deal with NAIA Consortium – a group comprising several of the Philippines’...
article Manila casino closures enter fifth month as Philippine government warns quarantine measures to be extended
(Philippines) -- The Philippine government has indicated that Metro Manila will likely remain under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) for some time, seemingly ending...

7/8/2020

article Makati gov't closes raided illegal POGO
(Philippines) -- Makati city business permits & licensing office personnel implement a closure order on an illegal POGO discovered in Bgy. Pio Del Pilar manned...

6/30/2020

press release Thousands lose jobs after online casinos catering to Chinese close
(Philippines) -- Two online casino operators that cater mostly to Chinese clients are exiting the Philippines, and more shutdowns of offshore gaming firms in the...

6/29/2020

article PAGCOR: POGOs ‘feel unwelcome,’ leaving Philippines over tax disputes
(Philippines) -- A couple of years of media scandals, government pressure and pandemic uncertainty have finally taken their toll on the Philippine Offshore Gambling...

6/28/2020

article Gaming firms shutting down, Pagcor warns
(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
(Philippines) -- Two offshore gaming companies have left the country with more seen to exit the Philippines amid tax "issues" with the government, the...

6/13/2020

article Philippines casinos catering to illicit Chinese gamblers are causing kidnappings and chaos in Manila
(Philippines) -- Dozens of scantily dressed Filipina croupiers stand in booths shuffling cards in front of a webcam, their faces softly illuminated by professional...

6/9/2020

article PAGCOR eyes gradual reopening of casinos
(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...

6/8/2020

article Casinos to reopen soon—PAGCOR
(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
(Philippines) -- The Chair and CEO of Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR, Andrea Domingo, says she remains hopeful Manila’s land-based casinos can resume...

5/29/2020

article Okada Manila 1Q net sales down 6pct amid pandemic
(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...

5/28/2020

article City of Dreams Manila plans for soft reopening as COVID-19 cases spike
(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...

5/27/2020

article City of Dreams' new protocols give a glimpse on how casino-resorts might operate post-ECQ
(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
(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...

5/20/2020

article POGOs contributing US$1.87 billion to Philippine economy annually, says industry group
(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...

5/18/2020

article PAGCOR issues warning to “NOGOs” after 265 Chinese nationals arrested for running illegal Manila POGO
(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
(Philippines) -- Philippines electronic gaming outlet service provider PhilWeb Corporation has announced the extension for one month of “forced leave” for...

5/12/2020

article A modified lockdown until May 31 for Manila: govt
(Philippines) -- An extensive lockdown for Metro Manila, including its large-scale casino resorts in Entertainment City – and known locally as “enhanced...

5/10/2020

article Weed out illegal gaming operators, ASPAP urges
(Philippines) -- Following the approval for the limited operations of the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators in the country, the Accredited Service Providers...

5/7/2020

article Philippines police to monitor POGOs as new bill seeks to ban them
(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...

5/6/2020

article OP/ED: The invisible hands in Pogos
(Philippines) -- There are invisible hands in the Philippines and China orchestrating the activities of Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos). Pogos run...

5/5/2020

article POGOs are ineligible for tax breaks — gaming, tax officials
(Philippines) -- Online casino service providers are not qualified for any tax incentives despite being classified as business process outsourcing (BPO) companies,...

5/3/2020

article PAGCOR: A primer on the truth about POGO
(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...

5/2/2020

article PAGCOR allows partial resumption of POGO operations
(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
(Philippines) -- Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon on Saturday said he would move to resume the blue ribbon committee inquiry into the Philippine offshore gaming...

5/1/2020

article POGOs: A phenomenon wrapped in contradictions
(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...

4/28/2020

article Pagcor’s 1Q net income halved as gaming revenue falls
(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...

4/26/2020

article Manila Casinos Remain Closed Through May 15, as New Coronavirus Cases Escalate in Philippines
(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
(Philippines) -- Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) and other forms of gambling are not yet allowed even in areas under general community quarantine,...

4/21/2020

article Philippines health experts recommend extended quarantine measures for Metro Manila
(Philippines) -- Philippines health experts have asked President Rodrigo Duterte to extend the implementation of enhanced community quarantine in certain areas of the...

4/16/2020

article Ent City Manila casinos aid pandemic fight: Pagcor
(Philippines) -- Manila’s four large-scale private-sector casino resorts – collectively referred to as making up Entertainment City in the Philippine capital...

4/15/2020

article Okada Manila pause to cost US$139mln in rev: Universal
(Philippines) -- The promoter of the Okada Manila casino resort (pictured) in the Philippine capital expects the current temporary shutdown of the property will result...

4/14/2020

article Bloomberry Resorts and Okada Manila announce investment, relief plans
(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
(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...

4/13/2020

article Philippines Senate calls for immediate sale of PAGCOR casinos to fund COVID-19 fight
(Philippines) -- The implementation of community quarantine measures across the Philippines’ main island of Luzon in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic has...

4/8/2020

article Razon declares 2020 a write-off but Bloomberry cash position remains strong
(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...

4/6/2020

article Casino shutdown in the Philippines could be extended
(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...

4/5/2020

article Bingo players nabbed for breaking quarantine rules in Baguio
(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...

4/4/2020

article Philippines casino operator makes donation
(Philippines) -- Philippines casino operator PAGCOR has distributed US$3.9m in essential items during the coronavirus pandemic.

4/1/2020

article Pagcor expects up to P6 billion losses from gaming suspension
(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...

3/31/2020

article Philippine gambling shutdown costing regulator $118m a month
(Philippines) -- The Philippines’ gambling regulator says it’s continuing to provide cash for local pandemic relief efforts despite the fact that the suspension of...

3/30/2020

article PAGCOR losing up to Php6 billion per month on Philippines casino closures
(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
(Philippines) -- Suntrust Home Developers Inc., a company that is 51-percent owned by Asia’s largest junket operator Suncity Group Holdings Limited., plans to...

3/28/2020

article Life in the time of Covid-19: A casino hotel’s action plan
(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...

3/26/2020

article Suncity boss Alvin Chau provides shareholder approval to complete US$200 million payment for Manila hotel and casino site
(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’
(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...

3/25/2020

article Philippine Regulator PAGCOR Wants to Reopen High Stakes Tables to Fund Coronavirus Fight
(Philippines) -- Philippine casino regulator-operator PAGCOR has released $118 million to state coffers to help fund the fight against the coronavirus. But PAGCOR chair...

3/23/2020

article Bloomberry Resorts celebrates dismissal of Bangladesh heist suit
(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
(Philippines) -- The Philippines’ gambling regulator wants permission to resume online gambling and VIP casino operations to help fund the government’s anti-...

3/22/2020

article Casino operators donate P200M
(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...

3/21/2020

article POGOs donate P150 million to augment coronavirus response
(Philippines) -- Online casinos pledged P150 million in aid to beef up the Philippines’ efforts to fight the spread of the new coronavirus disease, which has...
article Work-from-home Pogos pushed for more COVID-19 funds
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) on Saturday said it would provide P12 billion to government efforts to stop the new coronavirus...

3/18/2020

article PAGCOR confirms POGO industry shut down for one month
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has confirmed the temporary suspension of all POGOs and their service providers (SPs) based in...

3/17/2020

article Manila’s gaming operators flag substantial negative impact from PAGCOR closure order
(Philippines) -- Manila’s casino and gaming operators have warned of significant losses, development delays and lingering effects on revenue following Sunday...
article PAGCOR extends suspension of Philippines gaming operations to cover entire nation
(Philippines) -- Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR has expanded the suspension of all gaming operations to cover the entire nation, with the emerging casino hub of...

3/16/2020

article Manila temporarily closes its casinos to fight the spread of coronavirus
(Philippines) -- In the Philippines and the nation’s gaming regulator has reportedly ordered the temporary shuttering of all casinos in metropolitan Manila in an...
article VIP drives 38.2% year-on-year GGR growth at Okada Manila in February
(Philippines) -- Philippines integrated resort reported gross gaming revenue of Php3.29 billion (US$64.5 million) in February, a year-on-year increase of 38.2% on the...

3/15/2020

article Gaming regulator suspends gambling operations in metro
(Philippines) -- THE country’s gaming regulator suspended gambling operations for a month starting on Sunday, even as it allowed offshore gaming operations to...

3/14/2020

article PAGCOR suspends all gaming and casino operations in Manila
(Philippines) -- Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR has announced the suspension of all gaming operations in Manila, effective immediately. The decision comes in the...

3/12/2020

article PAGCOR cites healthy local employment in POGO sector
(Philippines) -- As senators and media have emphasized the number of Chinese migrants working in the Philippine Offshore Gambling Operator (POGOs) industry, the...

3/11/2020

article 1/4 of registered POGO workers are Filipino, says Pagcor
(Philippines) -- A quarter of the people employed by licensed Philippine offshore gaming operator (Pogo) firms are Filipinos, according to the country’s casino...
article Duterte backs changes to AMLA, Bank Secrecy Law
(Philippines) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has expressed support to the passage of the proposed revisions to the Anti-Money Laundering Act (AMLA) and the Bank Secrecy...
article Philippines Anti-Money Laundering Council demands tougher POGO regulation after study finds increasing criminal threats
(Philippines) -- The Philippines Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has warned of an “increasing level of threat to money laundering and other fraudulent...

3/10/2020

article Philippines senator calls out Duterte for protecting POGO industry
(Philippines) -- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s show of support for the Philippine Offshore Gambling Operator (POGO) industry on March 9 came at a time...
article POGOs lack compliance with anti-money laundering measures, says AMLC
(Philippines) -- Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) lack compliance with measures against money laundering, the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) said on...

3/7/2020

article ICPO wages war vs illegal gambling
(Philippines) -- The Iloilo City Police Office (ICPO) has declared an all-out war against all forms of illegal gambling in the metro. ICPO director, Police Colonel Eric...
article Duterte rejects ban on offshore gambling hubs accused of bribery, crimes - spokesman
(Philippines) -- President Rodrigo Duterte rejected suggestions to suspend offshore gambling activities in the country, most of which are Chinese-run, amid allegations...

3/5/2020

article 'If we're acting like a province of China, why allow POGOs?'
(Philippines) -- Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon was stumped by the responses of Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) officials, who continued to...
article Senate lambasts AMLC over billions of ‘dirty money’ entering PH
(Philippines) -- The Senate Blue Ribbon Committee expressed dismay with representatives of the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) for not acting promptly on the...
article VIDEO: Philippines gambling: Chinese syndicates 'linked to crime surge'
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Senate is investigating a surge in crimes involving Chinese nationals working in the offshore gaming industry. Government officials say...

3/3/2020

article Widus Group unveils new lifestyle brand for IR developments in emerging Philippines hub of Clark
(Philippines) -- The Widus Group has unveiled a new luxury lifestyle brand, Hann Resorts, aimed at bringing together its two resort developments in Clark under a single...

3/2/2020

article CIB cautions over gambling jobs in the Philippines
(Philippines) -- Taiwanese thinking about applying for jobs in the gambling industry in the Philippines should be aware that many of the companies involved are operating...
article CIB cautions over gambling jobs in the Philippines
(Philippines) -- Taiwanese thinking about applying for jobs in the gambling industry in the Philippines should be aware that many of the companies involved are operating...

3/1/2020

article No to POGO! Drilon says offshore gambling created artificial bubble on real estate industry
(Philippines) -- Senator Franklin Drilon has reiterated his support for a total ban on Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs), saying that the industry has “...
article Philippines probes syndicates linked to offshore gambling
(Philippines) -- Philippine authorities are probing Chinese syndicates’ links in the offshore gambling industry amid reports that two suspects who recently...

2/29/2020

article Frontier Capital Group moves into profit in 2019 on Clark casino re-launch
(Philippines) -- Australian-listed Frontier Capital Group (FCG) has reported a 1,000% increase in revenue to AU$28.8 million for the year ended 31 December 2019...

2/28/2020

article Gordon seeks probe of influx of $180-M cash through casinos
(Philippines) -- Senator Richard J. Gordon on Friday urged the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to look into the reported influx of an estimated $180 million (P9.2...

2/27/2020

article Chinese Nationals Arrested in Philippines, Charged with Kidnapping Man Over Gambling Debt
(Philippines) -- Two Chinese nationals have been arrested in the Philippines and charged with kidnapping a man over his alleged failure to pay up on his gambling debts.

2/26/2020

article China Cancels Thousands of Citizen Passports for Those Working in Philippines POGO Centers
(Philippines) -- China has revoked thousands of its citizens’ passports on grounds that they violated laws by traveling to work in the Philippines’ online...

2/21/2020

article Casino deploys pvt security at CoP jetty
(Philippines) -- Even as chief minister Pramod Sawant inaugurated the country’s first floating jetty, which is an extension of the captain of ports jetty, bouncers...

2/16/2020

article Barbers: Shut down tax-evading Pogos
(Philippines) -- Tax-evading Philippine offshore gaming operators (Pogos) should be “shut down and sent home,” according to the chair of the House dangerous...

2/15/2020

article POGOs: Tax-evading, sex den-hosting, criminal-coddling insufferables
(Philippines) -- The first thing to consider in the evaluation of whether to ban Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) in the country or not comes in form of a...

2/11/2020

article Recto wants to tax all POGO companies in PH
(Philippines) -- Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph G. Recto has filed a bill seeking to impose a 30-percent income tax and 5-percent franchise tax on offshore online...

2/5/2020

article Frontier Capital says casino, hotel operations turn profitable
(Philippines) -- Australia-listed casino investor Frontier Capital Group Ltd says it has “re-established” profitable operations for its Stotsenberg Hotel and...

2/3/2020

article Philippine health officials to increase Coronavirus inspections, education of POGOs
(Philippines) -- The head of the Parañaque City Health Office says Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) have agreed to implement heightened health and safety...

1/31/2020

article PAGCOR sees gaming income soar 11.7% to US$1.5 billion in 2019
(Philippines) -- Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR has reported income from gaming operations of Php75.76 billion (US$1.49 billion) for the 12 months to 31 December...

1/28/2020

article 37 held for illegal gambling in Quezon City
(Philippines) -- Police apprehended 37 people for violating Quezon City’s ordinance on illegal gambling on Monday. Brig. Gen. Ronnie Montejo, director of the...
article PAGCOR orders 10-day quarantine period for POGO workers entering Philippines
(Philippines) -- Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR says it has issued a memorandum to all Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) and service providers ordering a...
article Sex on the menu for Pogo workers
(Philippines) -- New prostitution rings have emerged in the country catering mostly to Chinese nationals, and they operate like an online food delivery service that...

1/26/2020

article PhilWeb in talks to partner with POGO firm
(Philippines) -- Philippines electronic gaming outlet service provider PhilWeb Corporation is set to ink a strategic partnership agreement with a Philippines Offshore...
article Taxes from POGOs soar 169% to P6.4 billion in 2019
(Philippines) -- The Philippine government’s crackdown against tax-dodging Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) yielded to more revenues, as it was able to...

1/25/2020

article Philippines Anti-Money Laundering Council Says Casinos Highly Vulnerable to Criminal Activity
(Philippines) -- AMLC Chairman Benjamin Diokno revealed a memorandum of agreement with the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, the state gaming regulator and...

1/24/2020

article PAGCOR signs information-sharing agreement with Philippines Anti-Money Laundering Council
(Philippines) -- The Philippines Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with gaming regulator PAGCOR aimed at improving...

1/20/2020

article Suncity Group to complete full US$200 million payment for Manila hotel-casino project by end of March
(Philippines) -- Suncity Group Holdings, the listed arm of Macau VIP operator Suncity Group, has revealed that it will complete full payment of US$200 million for use of...

1/15/2020

article Okada Manila posts US$785mln in 2019 GGR, up 46pct
(Philippines) -- Japanese gaming company Universal Entertainment Corp says its Okada Manila casino resort (pictured) in the Philippines generated gross gaming revenue (...

1/14/2020

article SEC investigating whether Suncity Group must conduct tender offer for minority shareholders of Suntrust
(Philippines) -- The Philippines’ Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is looking into whether or not Suntrust Home Developers Inc – the listed real estate company...

1/13/2020

article Business as Usual for Casinos in Entertainment City as Taal Volcano Ash Cloud Closes Nearby Manila Airport
(Philippines) -- Casinos in the Philippine capital Manila remained open on Monday as the Taal volcano spewed clouds of ash in their general direction. But Manila’s...
article Duterte says China has agreed not to interfere in Philippines POGO industry
(Philippines) -- China has assured the Philippines that it will not interfere with the country’s offshore gaming industry despite having last year called for all...

1/8/2020

article Suncity Group completes acquisition of majority stake in developer of casino-hotel at Manila’s Westside City Resorts World -
(Philippines) -- Suncity Group has completed its acquisition of a majority 51% stake in Philippines firm Suntrust Home Developers Inc ahead of its planned development of...

12/26/2019

article 3 of 4 legal foreign workers work in Pogo sector
(Philippines) -- Three out of four foreign nationals legally working in the Philippines were found to be working in the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (Pogo)...
article A Chinese crime wave hits Duterte’s Philippines as Pogos grow unchecked
(Philippines) -- On the night of December 9 in Manila’s posh Makati district, a woman was pulled screaming into a van, which zoomed away in view of shocked...

12/24/2019

article Philippines arrests 342 Chinese workers in online gaming crackdown
(Philippines) -- The Philippines said on Friday it has detained hundreds of Chinese workers in a continuing crackdown against unlicensed online gaming businesses...

12/19/2019

article House investigation urged into casinos’ tax compliance
(Philippines) -- A legislator has called for an investigation into the tax compliance of casinos, including the quality of their revenue reports to the government. ACT...

12/16/2019

article Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office claims innocence as corruption probe extended
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) says it welcomes a broad probe into its operations by the Presidential Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC...
article Philippines Congress calls for better coordination as three government agencies report differing POGO foreign workers numbers
(Philippines) -- A congressional investigation into Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO), which aims to develop a standard framework for regulation of the...

12/15/2019

article Police verifying if Chinese woman in viral abduction video is safely home
(Philippines) -- Police said Monday it was verifying whether or not a Chinese woman abducted by van-riding men from Makati's financial district had returned home...

12/12/2019

article Police AKG seeks bigger force as POGO, casino-related kidnappings rise
(Philippines) -- The Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) is seeking to beef up their manpower to cope with the rising number of kidnappings...

12/11/2019

article LRWC suggests Galaxy door ajar as Boracay position clarified
(Philippines) -- Philippines gaming investor Leisure and Resorts World Corp (LRWC) appears to have left the door ajar to revisit its Boracay partnership with Galaxy...
article Philippine National Police reports 42 casino or POGO related kidnappings through November 2019
(Philippines) -- The Philippines reported 42 cased of kidnapping related either to casinos or POGOs in the first 11 months of 2019, according to latest figures from the...
article Philippines Casinos and Online Gaming Industry Linked to 42 Kidnappings in 2019
(Philippines) -- Philippines casinos and the country’s online gaming industry have been linked to at least 42 kidnappings this year alone, a Filipino law...

12/10/2019

article Police record 42 kidnap cases linked to casino, Pogo firms
(Philippines) -- The Philippine National Police-Anti-Kidnapping Group (PNP-AKG) has recorded 42 cases of kidnapping related to casinos and Philippine Offshore Gaming...

12/9/2019

article LRWC abandons plan to bring a casino to Boracay
(Philippines) -- In the Philippines and Leisure and Resorts World Corporation (LRWC) has reportedly pulled out of the plan that was to have seen it partner with Galaxy...

12/8/2019

article Philippine Business District Halts New Online Casino Permits
(Philippines) -- Makati City has declared a moratorium on new online casinos in the Philippines’ main business district, citing an “overheating”...

12/7/2019

article BBIN enjoys success at G2E Asia in the Philippines
(Philippines) -- BBIN saw this year's exhibition as a major annual industry event. Although lasting only two days, from December 3-4, BBIN adopted an original...

12/6/2019

article “Major brand hotels” in Okada Manila future
(Philippines) -- Entertainment City IR Okada Manila is planning to attract a number of major international hotel brands as part of a proposed expansion of the property,...

12/4/2019

article Galaxy Ent Boracay project might have chance: Pagcor
(Philippines) -- It might still be possible for Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd to move ahead with its proposed casino resort project in Boracay in...
article Slow player adoption holding back innovation: Experts
(Philippines) -- The time it takes for players to “warm-up” to new gaming concepts has been identified as a major reason why the gaming industry has lagged...

12/3/2019

article China-Facing Online Gambling Sites Running Amok In The Philippines
(Philippines) -- President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines and his government may be starting to regret the decision to allow offshore gambling sites to operate out...
article PAGCOR focused on “more sophisticated” regulation, critical mass of Philippines casinos in 2020: Domingo
(Philippines) -- PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo says the moratorium placed on the issuance of both new land-based and online gaming licenses by President Rodrigo...

12/2/2019

press release PAGCOR seals strategic partnership with SiGMA and Clarion
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has officially approved a strategic partnership with gambling event giants Clarion Gaming and...

12/1/2019

article ‘Philippines poised to become major player in offshore gaming’
(Philippines) -- The Philippines has the potential to become a major player in the offshore gaming industry worldwide, given the country’s conducive environment...

11/28/2019

article Philippines Cracks Down on Largest Online Gaming Services Provider for Tax Evasion
(Philippines) -- The Philippines’ interagency “POGO task force” shut down 11 unregistered branches of the country’s biggest online gaming...

11/26/2019

article Suncity requests waiver to speed up approval of US$200 mln payment for Manila integrated resort land rights
(Philippines) -- Hong Kong-listed Suncity Group indicated that it has requested for a waiver in order to speed up the payment of US$200 million for a project site in...
article Suncity wants to forego shareholder vote to push Manila resort forward
(Philippines) -- Suncity Group recently announced that it had entered an agreement to operate a hotel and casino in the Philippines. The deal would see the casino junket...

11/25/2019

article Suncity Group looking to fast-track project site payment for Manila hotel and casino
(Philippines) -- Hong Kong-listed Suncity Group Holdings is seeking a waiver from holding a shareholder vote on a US$200 million project site payment that will confirm...

11/24/2019

article Duterte played China over online gambling. The house won
(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 Solons ask Pagcor to rationalize issuance of licenses to gaming personnel
(Philippines) -- Lawmakers are calling on the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) to rationalize the issuance of gaming employment licenses (GELs) to...

11/20/2019

article Philippines casino GGR up 21pct in 3Q: Pagcor
(Philippines) -- The Philippine casino sector produced PHP55.34 billion (US$1.09 billion) in gross gaming revenue (GGR) in the third quarter this year, according to data...

11/18/2019

article Bloomberry files appeal over $296-million judgment
(Philippines) -- Bloomberry Resorts has to shell out $296 million to cover the termination of a management services agreement it had with a gambling operator, but it...

11/17/2019

article Philippine Gaming Operators Involved in Prostitution Ring
(Philippines) -- Over the course of the past month, three raids were carried out by the National Bureau of Investigation on prostitution dens that provide services to...

11/14/2019

article AGI income up a slim 4%, pulled down by gambling unit profits dip
(Philippines) -- Alliance Global Group Inc. (AGI), the investment holding company of businessman Andrew Tan, said its income had a slim increase at 4 percent during the...

11/13/2019

article La Union barangay chief shot dead in Bauang casino
(Philippines) -- The president of the Association of Barangay Captains (ABC) of Bauang, La Union, died in the hospital Wednesday night, November 13, after being...

11/12/2019

article PAGCOR inutil! Gambling regulator catches solons’ ire over illegal POGOs
(Philippines) -- Lawmakers have slammed the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) for failing to go after illegal Philippine Online Gambling Operators (...

11/7/2019

article POGO Filed an Extension to the House Bill 5267
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Offshore Gambling Operator (POGO) brings a new tax plan up for discussion as the industry is already receiving plenty of pressure from...

11/5/2019

article 14 nabbed for illegal gambling in Buguias
(Philippines) -- Amid the All Soul’s Day commemoration, police operatives were relentless in their anti–illegal gambling operations arresting 14 gamblers...
article Lawmaker to Pagcor, BIR: Disclose real revenues generated by Pogos
(Philippines) -- A member of the House Committee on Games and Amusements on Tuesday urged on the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) and the Bureau of...
article Suntrust says to operate casino of Manila scheme
(Philippines) -- Philippine-listed Suntrust Home Developers Inc said on Tuesday it would “build and operate its hotel and its areas of the casino” in a long-...

11/4/2019

article Travellers’ Manila casino deal with Suncity Group could force new rules for companies delisting from Philippine Stock Exchange
(Philippines) -- The announcement last week that Philippines integrated resort operator Travellers International Hotel Group had granted rights to the casino and hotel...
article Philippines casino operator Widus signs 450-hectare lease agreement to develop four hotels, three golf courses in Clark
(Philippines) -- The Widus Group, which owns and operates Widus Hotel & Casino in Clark, Philippines, has signed an agreement to lease around 450 hectares of land in...

10/28/2019

article Hong Kong's Suncity to operate Philippine casino-resort
(Philippines) -- Hong Kong’s Suncity Group Holdings Ltd (1383.HK) unveiled plans on Tuesday to enter the fast-growing Philippines gambling market, with a deal to...

10/14/2019

article Okada Manila continues upward movement
(Philippines) -- Universal Entertainment Corp. has to be thrilled with how Okada Manila has been performing this year. Gross gaming revenue (GGR) for the Philippines-...

10/13/2019

article Okada Manila continues strong ramp with GGR up 30% in September
(Philippines) -- Philippines integrated resort Okada Manila saw its gross gaming revenue grow 30% year-on-year to Php3.16 billion (US$61.2 million) and Adjusted segment...
article Okada Manila Jan-Sept casino GGR up 46pct
(Philippines) -- The promoter of the Okada Manila casino resort (pictured) in the Philippine capital said the property’s total September gross gaming revenue (GGR...
article Brokerage ups Universal Ent forecast due to Okada Manila
(Philippines) -- Brokerage Union Gaming Securities LLC says it is revising upward its estimates for third-quarter 2019 earnings at Japanese gaming conglomerate Universal...

10/9/2019

article PAGCOR boss suggests Landing International’s Manila IR dream still alive
(Philippines) -- PAGCOR Chairman and CEO, Andrea Domingo, has issued a strong hint that Hong Kong-listed Landing International Development Ltd will be given the green...

10/7/2019

article Chief Philippines economist says private sector best placed to run PAGCOR-owned casinos
(Philippines) -- The Philippines’ National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) has revealed that it is studying a proposal to privatize the casino operations...
article Philippines police say casino-related kidnappings have more than doubled in 2019
(Philippines) -- The number of people to have fallen victim to casino-related kidnappings in the Philippines has soared in 2019, with more than double the amount of...

10/5/2019

article Philippine National Police to hold summit addressing casino-related kidnappings
(Philippines) -- The Philippine National Police will hold a summit for its Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG) today to discuss the recent spate of casino-related kidnappings in...

10/4/2019

article Casino-related kidnappings breach past year’s incidents
(Philippines) -- Cases of casino-related kidnappings from January to September this year have surpassed the number of incidents documented in 2018.
article Chow Tai Fook launched its first store in Manila
(Philippines) -- Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group Limited, redefines the classic Filipino celebrations with a big salute to memories. With 90 years of experience and...

10/3/2019

article Police investigate Overwatch league as six CSGO players detained for gambling fixes
(Australia) -- The Victorian authorities came from one inquiry to another in less than two months with sports clubs and gambling. August saw the detention of six Counter...
article OP/ED: The non-economic consequences of POGO
(Philippines) -- First, POGO stands for Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators. Regardless of any acronym or euphemism, it is into making money from a vice. The economic...
article Philippine police host summit on casino-related kidnappings
(Philippines) -- The Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group is to host on Friday a summit to address a reported spike in that country in casino-related...

10/1/2019

article Philippine online gambling support service to pay tax bill
(Philippines) -- A major Philippine online gambling support network is back in business after agreeing to settle its tax arrears even as the government mulls plans to...

9/30/2019

article Bloomberry Resorts ordered to pay $296m for GGAM termination
(Philippines) -- Philippine casino operator Bloomberry Resorts has been ordered to pay its former gaming operations management firm $296m for the early termination of...

9/28/2019

article Suncity launches upgraded VIP Club at City of Dreams Manila
(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...

9/23/2019

article POGOs can ‘revolutionize’ money laundering, Barbers warns
(Philippines) -- Surigao del Norte 2nd district Rep. Robert Ace Barbers warned that Chinese-operated gaming hubs under the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO)...

9/19/2019

article Authorities arrest hundreds of Chinese for cybercrimes
(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...
article Police chief of Cebu POGO raid punished, detainees released
(Philippines) -- A recent raid on a Cebu area Philippine Offshore Gambling Operator (POGO) brought big headlines, and protests from the operations lawyer, who said the...

9/18/2019

article Suncity junket’s name surfaces in Philippine casino kidnapping
(Philippines) -- Asia’s largest junket operator Suncity Group’s name has surfaced in the latest batch of Philippine casino kidnappings. Last week, the...
article Landing Int’l looking for new casino land in Manila
(Philippines) -- Landing International Development is still determined to have a casino in Manila, no matter what it takes. Through the company’s subsidiary in the...

9/17/2019

article Foreigners’ influx feared with online gambling ban
(Philippines) -- The labor group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines on Monday feared the influx of foreign workers in the Philippines after Cambodia banned online...

9/16/2019

article Casino operator initiates hunt for new NayonLanding site
(Philippines) -- In the Philippines and Landing International Development Limited has reportedly announced that it has initiated a search in hopes of finding a new plot...
article Philippines Offshore Gaming Operators Face Shutdown Unless Appropriate Taxes Paid
(Philippines) -- Philippines Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) that are found in violation of paying the federal government their appropriate share of gaming revenue...
article Philippines to crack down on tax-dodging POGOs
(Philippines) -- Philippine Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III has ordered the country’s Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to shut down the operations of...

9/14/2019

article Philippines Not Satisfied With Lower Tax Take From Online Gaming
(Philippines) -- Philippines Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez wants the main tax agency to shut down and file cases against online gaming operators that haven’t...

9/13/2019

article Philippines arrests 277 Chinese accused of investment scam
(Philippines) -- Philippine immigration agents have arrested 277 Chinese in a raid against an online investment scam syndicate that defrauded hundreds of people,...

9/12/2019

article 181 Chinese nationals released
(Philippines) -- The 181 Chinese nationals who were arrested for alleged illegal online gambling operations were freed on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 after the Lapu-Lapu...

9/8/2019

article Manila must play its cards right with Chinese offshore gambling, given Beijing’s warnings
(China) -- While China clamps down on cross-border gambling, countries in Southeast Asia are looking to corner more offshore gaming capital. Online gambling is illegal...

9/7/2019

article Philippines President rejects Chinese request to ban all online gambling
(Philippines) -- In the Philippines, President Rodrigo Duterte (pictured) has reportedly rejected a request from authorities in China to ban all online gambling over...

9/5/2019

article Duterte rejects China's call to ban Philippine online gambling
(Philippines) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday that while he was not a fan of online gambling he was not willing to ban the business, as China...

9/4/2019

article Duterte rejects China's call for Philippines to ban online gambling
(Philippines) -- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday that while he was not a fan of online gambling he was unwilling to ban the business, as China...

8/31/2019

article Duterte Meets Xi, Discusses China Call For Banning Philippine Online Gambling
(Philippines) -- A recent diplomatic spat over online gambling was on the agenda when Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte met his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in...

8/30/2019

article Philippines diplomat: China can’t force an end to POGOs
(Philippines) -- The Philippines’ diplomat for China is either the one clear eyed person in the country’s ongoing disputes with China, or he totally missed a memo....

8/29/2019

article Pagcor eyes regulating casino financiers
(Philippines) -- THE Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) plans to place casino financiers under its supervision to ensure the safety of the gaming public...

8/28/2019

article Pagcor to target casino loan sharks in bid to end kidnappings
(Philippines) -- The country’s gaming regulator has announced a plan to regulate casino financiers believed to be behind a spate of kidnappings of gamblers unable...
article Philippine spy scare turns on Chinese-run casinos
(Philippines) -- When Philippine authorities announced a moratorium on the issuance of new gaming licenses, the move had more in mind than curbing a recent proliferation...

8/27/2019

article Philippines to study economic impact of halting online gambling
(Philippines) -- The Philippines’ anti-money laundering body is studying the scope of the country’s online gambling industry to determine the impact on the...

8/26/2019

article Cam recommends transfer of STL operations to Pagcor
(Philippines) -- Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board member Sandra Cam believes that corruption in the Small Town Lottery (STL) in the country has not...
article Dirty money watchdog tweaks rules to cover casinos
(Philippines) -- The Anti-Money Laundering Commission (AMLC) has tweaked rules on administrative cases to cover casinos — including their officers, directors and...
article POGOs Don’t Offer Gambling to China: PAGCOR Responds to Beijing Threat
(Philippines) -- None of the Philippines’ licensed online gaming operators (POGOs) are Chinese-owned companies, nor do they target gamblers within China. At least...

8/24/2019

article Megaworld Says Online Casino Exposure to Stay Small, Manageable
(Philippines) -- Megaworld Corp., the largest Philippine office landlord, says China’s ban on Manila-based online casinos servicing gamblers in the mainland will...

8/23/2019

article PAGCOR plays down igaming industry impact on China
(Philippines) -- A senior figure at the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has played down the impact of the country’s online gambling industry...

8/22/2019

article China urges Philippines: Ban all online gambling
(Philippines) -- The Chinese Foreign Ministry said offshore gaming is “the most dangerous tumor in modern society.” “We have also taken note of the...

8/21/2019

article China urges Philippines to stop ‘all online gambling’
(Philippines) -- Chinese authorities are urging the Philippines to ban “all online gambling” generated via the Southeast Asian country. Beijing in addition...
article Pagcor revenue from Pogo seen hitting P8B in 2019
(Philippines) -- Despite the controversy surrounding the industry, the government still expects to see increased revenues from the online gaming industry—resources...

8/20/2019

article Philippines gambling regulator stops accepting iGaming license applications
(Philippines) -- The head of the nation’s gambling regulator in the Philippines has reportedly announced that the authority has stopped accepting license...

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