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Quezon City set for PAGCOR showdown after Council approves gaming ordinance

Quezon City Council looks set for a showdown with national gaming regulator PAGCOR after revealing it has now officially approved an ordinance aimed at regulating gambling activities in the city.

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6/16/2019

article Legal battle over Quezon City gambling ordinance could threaten PAGCOR authority
(Philippines) -- The Vice-Mayor of Quezon City, Maria Josefina “Joy” Belmonte, has warned that Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR could lose its authority...
article Quezon mayor-elect vows to push for gambling ordinance
(Philippines) -- Quezon City mayor-elect Joy Belmonte said the ordinance that will regulate casino operators and require residents to pay an entry fee to any gaming...
article Special Report : Inside a Philippine offshore gaming company
(Philippines) -- On the fourth floor of an offshore gaming firm somewhere in Paranaque City, a sprawling cafeteria serves a variety of Chinese food. At mealtime,...

6/12/2019

article Quezon City votes to bring entry fees to proposed integrated casino resort
(Philippines) -- Civic leaders for Quezon City in the Philippines have reportedly passed a controversial ordinance that would set out some of the regulatory standards...

6/11/2019

article Quezon City set for PAGCOR showdown after Council approves gaming ordinance
(Philippines) -- Quezon City Council looks set for a showdown with national gaming regulator PAGCOR after revealing it has now officially approved an ordinance aimed at...

6/10/2019

article QC Council approves ordinance seeking to regulate gambling
(Philippines) -- THE Quezon City (QC) Council recently approved an ordinance seeking to regulate gaming firms operating within the city, which includes the collection of...

6/9/2019

article QC council approves gambling regulatory ordinance
(Philippines) -- The Quezon City Council has passed the “Quezon City Gambling Regulatory Ordinance’’ that would prevent addiction to the betting vice....

6/8/2019

article Beware of ‘casino lenders-kidnappers’, NBI warns gamblers
(Philippines) -- The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) on Friday warned the public against individuals preying on tourists in local casinos by lending them gambling...

6/3/2019

article Philippines eBingo operator Palmary buys PhilWeb stake, signs cooperation agreement
(Philippines) -- Electronic bingo operators PhilWeb Corporation and Palmary Corporation have signed a Cooperation Agreement to jointly develop their eBingo businesses.

5/26/2019

article PH Resorts Group considering funding options for Philippines casino resorts
(Philippines) -- Philippines casino developer PH Resorts Group Holdings Inc says it remains undecided on how it will fund two planned casino resorts in Cebu and the...

5/23/2019

article PH Resorts seeks $600-million loan to finance Mactan
(Philippines) -- PH Resorts Group Holdings Inc., the gaming and tourism holding company of businessman Dennis Uy, plans to close a $600-million funding deal for its...

5/19/2019

article Filinvest Group allots $200 M for Clark Casino
(Philippines) -- Gotianun-led Filinvest Group is pouring in more than $200 million for its first ever integrated casino resort in Clark. Under FHC subsidiary Mimosa...

5/14/2019

article Philippines casino industry growing faster than Macau, Nevada
(Philippines) -- If you’re looking for a growing casino industry, it doesn’t look like you can do much better than the Philippines. Praveen Choudhary,...
article Philippines casino market predicted to outpace competition
(Philippines) -- New research from financial services firm Morgan Stanley Asia Limited has reportedly determined that the casino market in the Philippines is ‘...

5/13/2019

article Philippines president suddenly softens stance on gambling
(Philippines) -- The gambling industry of the Philippines might finally be getting the big break it was waiting for, and a lot sooner than it expected. After years of...

5/12/2019

article Duterte won’t ‘meddle with gambling anymore’
(Philippines) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has apparently given up on his campaign against gambling, on Saturday saying he was “lacking” and could only urge...

4/29/2019

article Universal says opening new Okada Manila hotel rooms now “highest priority”
(Philippines) -- The board of Japan’s Universal Entertainment Corp says that adding more guest rooms “is the highest priority” for its Philippines...

4/23/2019

article Philippines could get more CoD casinos: Premium Leisure
(Philippines) -- A proposal to open more casino properties in the Philippines under the moniker ‘City of Dreams’ is under consideration. That is according to...

4/15/2019

article Okada Manila continues GGR growth in March
(Philippines) -- Growth is becoming routine for Okada Manila. Universal Entertainment Corp, the operator of the Manila area casino, has announced preliminary numbers for...

4/12/2019

article Summer start for construction on Quezon City integrated casino resort
(Philippines) -- In the Philippines, Bloomberry Resorts Corporation could reportedly begin work to bring a new integrated casino resort to the under-construction Ayala...

4/1/2019

article Lower VIP volume sees revenue fall for City of Dreams Manila in 2018
(Philippines) -- Lower VIP rolling chip volume has seen City of Dreams Manila record a 5.6% decline in gaming revenue to US$612.9 million for the year ended 31 December...

3/25/2019

article PAGCOR Says iGaming Revenues Increase Due To Enforcement
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) which is the chief gaming regulator in the Philippines recently reported that iGaming revenues...

3/22/2019

article PAGCOR implies hypocrisy in Quezon City casino fight
(Philippines) -- Despite pressure from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte has not backed down from her city...
article Pagcor online revenue leaps due to enforcement: Domingo
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor) had seen a huge jump in its revenues coming from Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) since...
article Plunder, malversation raps filed vs. former Pagcor chairman
(Philippines) -- Plunder and malversation raps have been filed before the Office of the Ombudsman against former Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor)...
article POGO scheme cuts number of legal Philippines online providers to “under 200”: Domingo
(Philippines) -- Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR says it has cut the number of platform providers offering services to online gaming operators to “a little...

3/21/2019

article PAGCOR seeing big returns from unlicensed online gambling crackdown
(Philippines) -- The Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR) is pretty happy with the effort they’ve put into regulating and cracking down on internationally-...
article Pagcor insists Quezon cannot impose entry fee on casinos
(Philippines) -- The gaming regulator in the Philippines has again stressed local authorities in Quezon City cannot impose an entry fee on casinos there. “As Quezon City...

3/19/2019

article Virtual Casinos Deliver a Tricky Jackpot to the Philippines
(Philippines) -- In casino halls packed into this city’s premium high-rise office towers, young, skimpily dressed croupiers deal cards and flash winning smiles for...

3/18/2019

article Imprisoned Philippine Senator Speaks Out Against Chinese Casino Kidnappings
(Philippines) -- The Philippine casino sector is thriving and so is Chinese tourism — facilitated by closer relations between the two countries, fostered by...

3/16/2019

article Pagcor eyes case vs QC over gaming ordinance
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) is considering filing a case to stop the Quezon City government from implementing an ordinance...

3/14/2019

article PAGCOR responds to Quezon City official’s tough casino talk
(Philippines) -- Quezon City candidate for mayor and current Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte has made her stance on a casino in her city a bit confusing. First she was for it,...

3/11/2019

article Group raises alarm vs casino-related kidnappings
(Philippines) -- An anti-crime watchdog yesterday expressed alarm over what it perceived as a rising number of kidnapping incidents perpetrated by loan shark syndicates...
article Quezon City casino ordinance strings include locals fee
(Philippines) -- The city council of Quezon City in the Philippines has passed a regulatory ordinance that would allow Bloomberry Resorts Corp to develop its proposed...

3/8/2019

article Quezon City considering Bloomberry Resorts Corporation application
(Philippines) -- In the Philippines, civic leaders in Quezon City are reportedly still discussing the merits of an application from Bloomberry Resorts Corporation that...
article Quezon City Unveils Plans for Gambling Regulatory Ordinance Despite 2018 Moratorium on New Casino Projects
(Philippines) -- Joy Belmonte, the Vice Mayor of Quezon City, revealed that the local legislature is to pass a gambling regulatory ordinance. The announcement comes at a...

3/7/2019

article Quezon City to pass gambling regulatory ordinance
(Philippines) -- Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte revealed that they will pass a gambling regulatory ordinance amid the planned establishment of a casino in the city.

2/28/2019

article Bloomberry Resorts Named in US Civil Legal Action Regarding Alleged Role in $81M Bangladesh Bank Heist
(Philippines) -- Bloomberry Resorts, the parent company to the Solaire Resort and Casino in Manila, Philippines, has been named in a civil legal action filed in the...

2/26/2019

article Galaxy Entertainment Not Folding on Boracay Casino Despite Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte Order
(Philippines) -- Galaxy Entertainment Vice Chairman Francis Lui says the Hong Kong company isn’t ready to concede its plans to build a casino resort on the...

2/24/2019

article Philippines Won’t Change Its Anti-Casino Policy
(Philippines) -- Andrea Domingo, the head of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR), has long hoped for the president of the Philippines to relax his position...
article President of the Philippines Refuses to Budge on Anti-Casino Policy
(Philippines) -- According to a news report, President Rodrigo Duterte is refusing to budge on the country’s anti-gambling policy, which has led to Andrea Domingo...

2/19/2019

article Philippines arrests 276 foreigners in online gambling raid
(Philippines) -- The Philippines crackdown on illegal immigrants working in online gambling continues. On February 19, the Bureau of Immigration (BI) raided a Makati...
article Duterte yet to meet Domingo over casino moratorium, mind unchanged
(Philippines) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has not yet changed his position on the moratorium against new casino licenses, according to a presidential spokesperson on...
article Philippines not expected to change anti-casino policy anytime soon
(Philippines) -- The head of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR), Andrea Domingo, may want the country’s president to relax his position on gambling...
article Philippines casino GGR up 23pct in full 2018: Pagcor
(Philippines) -- The Philippine casino industry reported gross gaming revenue (GGR) of PHP187.54 billion (US$3.58 billion) in full calendar year 2018, up by 22.9 percent...

2/17/2019

article Philippines Tax Agency Sets Sights on Online Casinos for Chinese
(Philippines) -- The Philippines’ tax agency is setting its sights on more than 50 companies operating online casinos catering to Chinese punters, and their...
article Philippines’ taxman, Pagcor target POGO operations
(Philippines) -- The Philippines’ Bureau of Internal Revenue has asked for cooperation from the country’s gaming regulator regarding a requirement that...

2/14/2019

article Two more casinos for the Philippines?
(Philippines) -- The Philippines could be in line for the construction of two more casinos. PH Resorts Group Holdings, previously known as Philippine H20 Ventures and a...

2/11/2019

article No gambling for gov’t officials reiterated
(Philippines) -- The no gambling policy for government employees through the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Memorandum Circular 2017-20 was...
article Okada Manila sees huge GGR growth for January
(Philippines) -- Despite plenty of bad press around the Okada name, Okada Manila keeps chugging along. Monday brings some undeniably good news for the Philippines casino...
article Bloomberry gets loan for new Philippines casino
(Philippines) -- Bloomberry Resorts has signed an accord for a 10-year loan of US$767m to finance the construction of an integrated resort in Quezon City, Philippines.

2/8/2019

article Okada Manila says name change now under review
(Philippines) -- The promoters of the Okada Manila casino resort property (pictured) are now actively considering “changing its brand name” according to a...

2/2/2019

article Philippines State-Owned Casinos Win $1.3B in 2018, Profits Soar on Solaire Land Sale
(Philippines) -- Philippines state-owned casinos won $1.3 billion last year, a more than 18 percent increase on 2017. The Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corporation (...

1/31/2019

article PAGCOR boss wants Duterte to relax about the gambling already
(Philippines) -- The Philippines could stand to profit from more gambling, but is being held back by one man. That’s the picture Andrea Domingo, head of the...
article Pagcor head urges her boss Duterte to ease casino ban
(Philippines) -- A declared January 2018 moratorium on new casinos in the Philippines should be lifted so that the country can benefit from a “sunrise” industry, Andrea...
article Philippines Regulator PAGCOR Pleads with Duterte to Ease Casino Licensing Ban
(Philippines) -- PAGCOR, the Philippines gaming regulator, is trying to convince the nation’s controversial president to ease up on a one-year-old ban preventing...

1/30/2019

article PAGCOR boss to request easing of Presidential ban on new Philippines casino licenses
(Philippines) -- The head of Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR, Andrea Domingo, will ask President Rodrigo Duterte to ease a ban on the issuance of new casino licenses...

1/22/2019

article Messy Manila casino deal is worth the gamble
(Philippines) -- Some four decades after hosting a renowned heavyweight fight, Manila is the scene of another. This one is taking place on the Philippine Stock Exchange...

1/21/2019

article DOJ backs dismissal of charges against Kazuo Okada in Okada Manila LED lights fraud case
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Department of Justice (DOJ) has backed the previous dismissal by the City Prosecutor’s Office of Parañaque of estafa charges...
article Philippines Boracay Island: No Casinos, No Sandcastles
(Philippines) -- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte closed Boracay for six months last year in order to clean the island and fix its sewage and waste problems. Casino...
article Philippines sees record gambling revenue, braces for stiff competition
(Philippines) -- The Philippines is banking on a steady stream of foreign high rollers to drive gambling revenue to a record this year even as it braces for greater...

1/17/2019

article Philippines Gaming Regulator PAGCOR Calls PhilWeb Lawsuit ‘Absurd’
(Philippines) -- Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR says the lawsuit filed by e-gaming operator PhilWeb that claims the state agency is acting with bias is “...

1/16/2019

article Bangladesh Bank Heist Case Still Wide Open, Says Philippine DOJ
(Philippines) -- Investigators examining the notorious $101 million cyber heist on the Bangladesh Bank said Tuesday that the case is not closed, despite the conviction...

1/11/2019

article Okada Manila posts full-2018 GGR of US$522mln: Universal
(Philippines) -- Japanese gaming company Universal Entertainment Corp says its Okada Manila casino resort (pictured) in the Philippines recorded adjusted segmental...

1/7/2019

article Philippine court orders arrest of Kazuo Okada: reports
(Philippines) -- A court in the Philippines ordered on Friday the arrest of Japanese billionaire entrepreneur Kazuo Okada (pictured) for allegedly misappropriating more...

1/6/2019

article Philippine court orders arrest of Japanese casino mogul Okada
(Philippines) -- A Philippine court has ordered the arrest of Japanese pachinko billionaire Kazuo Okada, about a month after the country’s Department of Justice...

12/31/2018

article Manila casino cancels New Year balloon stunt after criticism
(Philippines) -- A luxury Philippine hotel and casino has called off a world record attempt for releasing tens of thousands of balloons to mark the New Year following...

12/28/2018

article Asian Casino Scandals in 2018: From the Philippines to Saipan, Wrong Kinds of Headlines Make the News
(Philippines) -- Asia and the gaming industry go together like soba noodles and soy sauce. So too, apparently, do Asian casino operators and scandal: there was plenty to...
article Okada asks Philippine DOJ to reconsider fraud charges
(Philippines) -- Lawyers representing Japanese businessman Kazuo Okada have filed a motion for reconsideration with the Philippine Department of Justice (DOJ), asking...

12/27/2018

article Work on new Manila casino early in 2019: Alliance CEO
(Philippines) -- Building work on a long-heralded second Manila casino resort involving Philippine conglomerate Alliance Global Group Inc will begin in early 2019 and be...

12/25/2018

article House panel wants ban on broadcast of cockfights for gambling purposes
(Philippines) -- The House Committee on Games and Amusement has unanimously approved a bill that seeks to prohibit live streaming and broadcasting of cockfighting for...
article Pagcor’s annual revenue to top US$1.8bln: Domingo
(Philippines) -- The head of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor), Andrea Domingo, says the body will end 2018 “with a really good performance...

12/17/2018

article Philippines seeks fraud charges against Japan casino mogul Okada
(Philippines) -- The Philippine Department of Justice (DOJ) has recommended the filing of charges against Japanese pachinko billionaire Kazuo Okada for allegedly...

12/16/2018

article Court junks Okada’s bid to regain control of casino firm
(Philippines) -- Japanese gaming mogul Kazuo Okada has suffered yet another legal setback after a Parañaque City judge jettisoned due to technicality his petition...
article SEC asks Tiger Resort to disclose case involving Japanese gambling magnate
(Philippines) -- THE Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has asked Tiger Resorts Asia Ltd., which is seeking to make a backdoor listing, to disclose the case...

12/14/2018

article China holds the cards as online betting booms in the Philippines
(Philippines) -- The promises are irresistible to any young Chinese jobseeker: a work visa in the Philippines, with wages of up to 10,000 yuan (US$1,458) a month in the...

12/12/2018

article Duterte backer steps up casino plans despite anti-gambling rhetoric
(Philippines) -- Filipino tycoon Dennis Uy is pressing ahead with plans to build casinos, despite the risk of clashing with President Rodrigo Duterte, who has vowed to...

12/10/2018

article Okada Manila Raises $600M to Complete Philippines Integrated Casino Resort
(Philippines) -- Okada Manila parent company Universal Entertainment has raised $600 million through the issuance of privately placed debt notes in order to complete the...
article How China’s love of online betting is boosting the Philippine property sector
(Philippines) -- The Chinese passion for betting has become a major driver of the Philippine property market. The country has become a magnet for Chinese online gambling...

12/6/2018

article Philippines GGR gains 23% in Q3
(Philippines) -- Philippine gross gambling revenue gained 23 per cent in Q3, with figures for the year to September already surpassing 2017’s total, according to...

12/5/2018

article Tender offer sees Melco increase stake in Philippines operations
(Philippines) -- Melco International Development subsidiary MCO (Philippines) Investments Limited has significantly increased its stake in its Philippines subsidiary to...

12/3/2018

article Fitch believes Okada Manila could become leading resort
(Philippines) -- Okada Manila is on solid ground. According to a report by Fitch Ratings from last week, the Philippines-based resort “has good potential to...

12/2/2018

article CA upholds Waterfront bid for casino hotel license
(Philippines) -- THE Court of Appeals has affirmed the ruling by trial court directing the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) to issue a license to...

12/1/2018

article Korean man carrying gambling money in luggage detained at NAIA
(Philippines) -- A Korean citizen was detained at Ninoy Aquino International Airport after about 4 million Hong Kong dollars in gambling earnings was allegedly found in...

11/29/2018

article Melco Resorts Philippines set to redeem remaining notes
(Philippines) -- The Melco Resorts and Entertainment (Philippines) Corp (MRP) is preparing to redeem the remainder of an allocation of corporate secured notes.

11/27/2018

article Senate resolution seeks stiffer money-laundering rules for casinos
(Philippines) -- Senator Leila M. de Lima has filed a resolution seeking to reexamine casino and online gaming regulations to safeguard against the use of gaming...
article Duterte urges caution in targeting illegal Chinese gaming labor
(Philippines) -- Philippine authorities are proving that they’re not kidding in rooting out foreign nationals working illegally for local online gambling...

11/24/2018

article PNP to cops: Going to casino, other gambling facilities violates many laws
(Philippines) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Saturday reminded its 180,000-strong personnel that going to casinos and other gambling facilities violates a...

11/23/2018

article Duterte Threatens to Send Army After Cops Gambling at Okada Manila
(Philippines) -- The Philippine’s strongarm president Rodrigo Duterte has warned police personnel he will send in the army, if he has to, to stop them gambling at...

11/22/2018

article Duterte reiterates he is against gambling on Boracay
(Philippines) -- President Rodrigo Duterte reiterated on Thursday evening that he is not in favor of more casinos and commercial development in Boracay. "In Boracay...

11/18/2018

article Okada upbeat on PH casino prospects
(Philippines) -- Japanese casino mogul Kazuo Okada said he was determined to retire in the Philippines, which he could only do so as a holder of an investors/retirees...

11/11/2018

article Duterte to hotel-casino operators in Boracay: You can’t imagine what I’ll do to you if you defy me
(Philippines) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has issued a stern warning against hotel-casino operators in Boracay who were planning to defy his casino ban on the newly-...

11/9/2018

article Duterte: No need for EO to ban casinos in Boracay
(Philippines) -- CONTRARY to an earlier position taken by the Department of Justice (DoJ), President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday night said he did not see the need to...

11/5/2018

article Chinese group to build $100M resort and casino project in Cagayan
(Philippines) -- Chinese group Shanghai Jucheng Supply Management will invest $100 million to construct a Jeju Island-inspired integrated resort with casino operations...

10/30/2018

article Villanueva supports anti-casino policy in Boracay
(Philippines) -- “Gambling promotes laziness, which only depends on a game of chance.” This was Sen. Joel Villanueva’s reaction on gambling as he...

10/27/2018

article PAGCOR asked to cancel all gaming franchises, provisional licenses issued in Boracay
(Philippines) -- The Boracay Interagency Task Force (BIATF) has formally requested the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) to cancel all gaming franchises and...

10/26/2018

article PAGCOR Q3 net income reaches $700M
(Philippines) -- Net income of tate regulator Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has reached PHP37.6 billion ($699 million) in the third quarter of...

10/25/2018

article Duterte new threat to ‘suppress’ Philippine online gambling
(Philippines) -- The Philippines’ online gambling industry could face a new crackdown after President Rodrigo Duterte called for the industry to be “...
article No casinos in Boracay
(Philippines) -- The final word has come down from President Duterte on the issue of casinos in Boracay and it is a big, fat NO. Pressure had been exerted to allow the...

10/24/2018

article Duterte reiterates policy vs new Boracay casinos
(Philippines) -- President Duterte has reiterated his ban on casinos in the country, even ordering the burning of gambling establishments in Boracay, which is set to...
article Duterte wants to 'suppress' online gambling
(Philippines) -- A frustrated President Rodrigo Duterte stressed the need to suppress online gambling, a growing industry in the Philippines, during a speech on...
article Leisure and Resorts World Corp yet to receive confirmation of Boracay gaming license suspension
(Philippines) -- Galaxy Entertainment Group’s Philippines partner, Leisure and Resorts World Corp (LRWC), says it has received no official word from local gaming...

10/23/2018

article Philippine regulator complies with ‘no casinos on Boracay’ order
(Philippines) -- The Philippine gambling regulator says it will comply with a task force request to cancel all casino licenses on the island of Boracay.

10/22/2018

article Melco changes tune on Philippines delisting but tender offer to proceed
(Philippines) -- Melco Resorts & Entertainment (Philippines) Corporation (MRP) has changed its mind on a previously announced decision to delist from the Philippine...
article Casino Filipino-Davao targets tourists in new marketing campaign
(Philippines) -- The Casino Filipino-Davao is aiming to attract more local and foreign tourists with the launch of its new marketing slogan, “Excitement Begins Now...
article PAGCOR asked to cancel all Boracay casino licenses: report
(Philippines) -- Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR has received an official request from the Boracay Inter-Agency Task Force (BIATF) to cancel the licenses of all...
article Philippine task force to PAGCOR: cancel Boracay casino licenses
(Philippines) -- A government agency created by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has asked the country’s gaming regulator to cancel all gaming licenses issued...

10/20/2018

article PAGCOR: no RNG online casino monopoly for Playtech
(Philippines) -- The Philippines’ gambling regulator has clarified that it hasn’t granted any company a monopoly on providing random number generator (RNG)...

10/10/2018

article Studio City sets terms for IPO
(Philippines) -- Studio City International Holdings, the controlling entity of Studio City in Macau has announced terms for its long-awaited Initial Public Offering (IPO...

10/8/2018

article Casino investor makes arrangenments for Philippines deal
(Philippines) -- Almost five years after taking public the company that manages the City of Dreams Manila, a unit of $11 billion U.S.-listed Melco Resorts &...

10/7/2018

article Philippines tells casinos retain client digital records
(Philippines) -- The Anti-Money Laundering Council in the Philippines has announced guidelines that will see casinos made responsible for keeping digital records of...

10/4/2018

article Casino owner stacks deck in Philippines deal
(Singapore) -- Some casino investors may be getting a raw deal in the Philippines. Melco, the Asian gambling empire led by billionaire Lawrence Ho, is trying to buy the...

9/29/2018

article Philippines officials to be investigated over casino graft claims
(Philippines) -- In the Philippines, the Office of the Ombudsman is reportedly set to investigate a pair of councilors for the city of Paranaque over allegations that...

9/28/2018

article PAGCOR boss declares support for “Manila Strip” casino concept
(Philippines) -- PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo has revealed that she supports the idea of creating a casino cluster, similar to that found along the Las Vegas...

9/27/2018

article Okada prods Manila bourse on pending casino listing
(Philippines) -- Japanese gaming tycoon Kazuo Okada (pictured) has asked the Philippine Stock Exchange to conduct what his side terms a “thorough”...
article Parañaque City councilors face complaint over gambling permits
(Philippines) -- Parañaque City Councilors John Ryan Yllana and Edwin Benzon and two others are facing a graft and breach of conduct complaint before the Office of the...

9/26/2018

article Raps filed vs. Parañaque councilors over rushed permits for casino-resort, two other firms
(Philippines) -- Paranaque City Councilor Brillante Inciong on Thursday sued his colleague actor John Ryan Yllana before the Office of the Ombudsman over the alleged...

9/25/2018

article State-run casinos in the Philippines too ‘profitable’ to sell
(Philippines) -- State regulator Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) is not looking to sell casinos earlier targeted for privatization just yet, Inside...

9/22/2018

article Philippines employee ban reinforced
(Philippines) -- The Philippines gaming regulator has announced all licensed casino employees are now on the country’s national register of restricted gamblers,...

9/17/2018

article The rise of POGOs: A new landscape in e-casinos and sports betting
(Philippines) -- With the increasing popularity of e-gaming, foreign online casino operators have expressed keen interest in expanding their business in the Philippines...

9/12/2018

article Japan's Universal moves to list Philippine casino, amid crackdown
(Philippines) -- Japan’s Universal Entertainment Corp is taking its Philippines casino operator public through a backdoor listing in Manila, amid an uncertain political...

9/10/2018

article Japan's Universal plans backdoor listing for Philippine casino operator
(Philippines) -- Japan’s Universal Entertainment Corp is taking its Philippines casino operator public through a subsidiary’s purchase of a majority stake in...

9/9/2018

article Japanese gaming tycoon Kazuo Okada sues Tiger Resort, seeks reinstatement of all titles
(Philippines) -- A lawyer representing casino tycoon Kazuo Okada said Sunday his client filed a lawsuit against his former gaming firm, Tiger Resort Leisure and...

9/7/2018

article Widus’ Clark Marriott to open in the Philippines
(Philippines) -- South Korea-based Widus International Leisure Inc. will be opening a new hotel, the Clark Marriott, in Clark Freeport in the Philippines next week,...

9/2/2018

article Senate probe sought in casino deal in Philippines
(Philippines) -- The Government of the Philippines slammed the Nayong Pilipino Foundation (NPF) for publishing an advertisement in two newspapers as an open letter...

8/30/2018

article JUANICO: No to casinos in Quezon City
(Philippines) -- I’m bothered by the recent news that a high-rise gaming hub or casino will be set up in Quezon City beside Ayala’s Vertis North commercial...

8/28/2018

article Galaxy still confident of building casino in the Philippines
(Philippines) -- Galaxy Entertainment Group, the Chinese casino company, is still optimistic of building an $500-million integrated resort with a gaming floor on the...
article Galaxy’s Boracay casino to push through, chairman says
(Philippines) -- Lui Che Woo, founder and chairman of Hong Kong-based Galaxy Entertainment, is “very confident” that his company’s planned Boracay...

8/23/2018

article Duterte vows anew not to allow gambling in Boracay
(Philippines) -- President Rodrigo R. Duterte reiterated that he will not allow gambling on Boracay Island despite the provisional license given to a Macau-based firm to...

8/20/2018

article Cebu City to move forward with casino resort plan
(Philippines) -- A Cebu City government official told local media on Monday that a proposed Php18 billion (US$356 million) integrated resort would proceed with its...
article Construction on Landing’s Manila IR underway despite Duterte opposition
(Philippines) -- Landing International Development Ltd has reportedly begun construction work on its proposed US$1.5 billion integrated resort in Manila, defying...
article Landing denies starting Manila IR construction but 2022 opening date remains
(Philippines) -- Landing International Development Ltd has denied reports it has already begun construction work on its proposed US$1.5 billion Philippines integrated...

8/19/2018

article Chinese casino being built despite Duterte rejection
(Philippines) -- How can Chinese casino operator Landing Ltd. trifle with Rody Duterte? Defiant of the President’s “exasperation” with its “...

8/16/2018

article OP/ED: Resolving the Nationwide Online Lottery System controversy
(Philippines) -- Calling a one-year contract extension for a lotto online system provider of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) a “sweetheart deal...

8/14/2018

article Filipino-themed integrated resort lands on Entertainment City
(Philippines) -- Another ambitious development project has landed in the Entertainment City in Parañaque following the inauguration of an all Filipino-inspired...
article Hotel Okura Manila at Resorts World appoints Marshall GM
(Philippines) -- Jan Marshall (pictured) has been named general manager of the under-construction Hotel Okura Manila which is situated within the Resorts World Manila...

8/13/2018

article Travellers International begins recovery
(Philippines) -- Travellers International Hotel Group, the developer and operator of Resorts World Manila, has released its financial results for the second quarter of...

8/11/2018

article What we know so far: Duterte's 'no new casinos' directive
(Philippines) -- President Rodrigo Duterte has revived his ire for gambling and has reiterated that there will be no casinos built aside from those that already exist.

8/8/2018

article 'I Hate Gambling': Philippines' Duterte Turns Sights on Casinos
(Philippines) -- The Philippines's controversial strongman leader, President Rodrigo Duterte, has been outspoken in his merciless war on drugs, his opposition to the...
article Duterte shuts Philippines’ doors to new casinos
(Philippines) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has had enough of new casinos in the Southeast Asian country. On Wednesday, The Philippine Daily Inquirer reported...
article Duterte vows no new casinos, as Chinese investors push on
(Philippines) -- Deepening a faceoff with Chinese investors, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said on Wednesday that he will not permit the opening of new casinos in...
article Uncertainty abounds as Landing says Duterte laid foundations for Manila land deal
(Philippines) -- Uncertainty over the future of Landing International Development’s planned US$1.5 billion Manila integrated resort has been further clouded by the...

8/7/2018

article Duterte sacks top officials of $1.5bn Chinese casino project
(Philippines) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte embarked on a new firing spree on Tuesday, this time targeting all the senior officials of a state-owned entity for...
article Philippines’ Duterte Cancels Casino—Just After Its Groundbreaking
(Philippines) -- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte canceled a $1.5 billion casino project in Manila minutes after the Hong Kong company funding it marked the project...

8/6/2018

article Philippines to cancel Landing's $1.5 billion casino project: Duterte's spokesman
(Philippines) -- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte will cancel Landing International Development Ltd’s $1.5 billion integrated casino project in the capital,...

8/4/2018

article Casinos: Location location, location!
(Philippines) -- Whether one is house-hunting, putting up a karinderia, a gasoline station or a casino-resort, many times, if not all the time, the viability of the...

7/31/2018

article Investments except casinos welcome in Boracay: Palace
(Philippines) -- All investments, except casinos, are still welcome in Boracay, Malacañang said on Tuesday, insisting that President Rodrigo R. Duterte will not allow...

7/30/2018

article Palace maintains Duterte said 'no' to Boracay casino
(Philippines) -- President Rodrigo Duterte is firm on his stance to not allow the Macau-based casino giant’s proposed mega-casino to be built in Boracay,...

7/29/2018

article Five Philippine casinos register with AML watchdog
(Philippines) -- The Anti-Money Laundering Council in the Philippines says the operators of five casino resorts in the country have registered with the financial...

7/25/2018

article Landing International granted provisional PAGCOR gaming license for Philippines IR
(Philippines) -- Landing International Development Limited has been granted a provisional gaming license by Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR to operate an integrated...

7/21/2018

article Gaming firm sued for false claim, accusation
(Philippines) -- A manufacturing company has sued the operator of integrated gaming resort Okada Manila for allegedly falsely accusing it of estafa in connection with a...

7/18/2018

article PAGCOR found to have underpaid tax, overpaid executives in damning audit report
(Philippines) -- Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR has been accused of granting excessive rewards and allowances to its executive staff while underpaying its mandatory...

7/13/2018

article Official source: Philippine Government Will Not Allow Casino on Boracay
(Philippines) -- In a recent statement, given by an official from the Philippine Department of the Interior and Local Government, the government pointed out that it...

7/12/2018

article Casino construction still off-limits in Boracay, Philippine official says
(Philippines) -- The Philippines government has reiterated its promise to keep Boracay casino-free as it announced plans to reopen the country’s popular tourist...
article PAGCOR Employees Could Face Six Years in Prison for Tampering with Slot Machine
(Philippines) -- Two employees at PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation) have been charged with falsifying documents related to a slot machine’s...
article Philippines government confirms opposition to Galaxy’s Boracay casino plans
(Philippines) -- The Philippines government has reiterated its intention to block any attempt by Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group and its local partner,...

7/11/2018

article Gov’t remains firm not to allow casino in Boracay
(Philippines) -- Department of Local and Interior Government (DILG) Officer-in-Charge Secretary Eduardo Año on Wednesday assured the public that the government will not...
article Two PAGCOR employees charged with falsifying slot machine jackpot
(Philippines) -- Two employees of Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR have been charged with falsifying a slot machine receipt in order to steal a Php36,200 (US$675)...

7/10/2018

article PAGCOR facing massive tax hike under proposed Philippines tax reform package
(Philippines) -- Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR could find itself subject to a massive tax hike under a tax reform package currently being considered by Congress.

6/29/2018

article Dennis Uy continues asset shuffling for new Philippines casino entity
(Philippines) -- Philippine H20 Ventures Corp, the company set to become a holding entity for the tourism and casino-related business of Dennis Uy’s Udenna Corp,...

6/25/2018

article Udenna ready to list casino resorts in Philippines
(Philippines) -- Udenna Corp – a privately-held conglomerate led by Filipino entrepreneur Dennis Uy – will use a subsidiary as a vehicle to list its tourism...

6/23/2018

article Manila resort land deal legal: Landing International
(Philippines) -- Casino investor Landing International Development Ltd has told GGRAsia it considers it has a “legally-binding contract” for land in the...
article Online gambling ring busted; website host in Philippines
(Vietnam) -- Vietnamese police broke up an online football gambling ring worth around $26 million, arresting four people as authorities look to stop black market betting...

6/22/2018

article Duterte: ‘I hate gambling’
(Philippines) -- Any businessman planning to build a casino or other gambling facility in Boracay should “forget it” since the government will prohibit such...
article Landing International’s Manila IR land lease cancelled due to licensing concerns
(Philippines) -- Korean casino operator Landing International Development Corp has had a lease agreement to develop and operate an integrated resort in Manila’s...

6/11/2018

article Political risks seen hurting Chinese bets in booming Philippine gaming industry
(Philippines) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte has been cozying up with China—a move would not only help boost his nation’s economy but also fuel...

6/4/2018

article Widus Hotel and Casino Clark planning considerable extension
(Philippines) -- In the Philippines, the Widus Hotel and Casino Clark has reportedly announced that it intends to spend around $500 million in order to further expand...

6/1/2018

article Philippines struggling with gaming-related illegal detentions
(Philippines) -- While Macau’s gaming-related illegal detentions are on the decline, Philippine police are having trouble reining in local kidnappers.

5/31/2018

article Udenna to invest $5B in Clark Global City
(Philippines) -- A new central business district in the Philippines’ Clark Global City is under construction as of this week, when Udenna Development Corporation (...

5/29/2018

article Fired OGCC chief Jurado: I respect the President’s decision
(Philippines) -- After being fired by President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, former Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Philip Jurado on Tuesday expressed gratitude to the...
article Philippine prez sacks gov’t lawyer over casino permit
(Philippines) -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte channeled his inner Donald Trump and fired a top government lawyer who expressed a legal opinion that special...

5/28/2018

article Duterte fires govt corporate counsel over gambling franchise
(Philippines) -- PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he has fired Government Corporate Counsel Rudolf Philip Jurado for allegedly granting a gambling franchise to...
article Gaming industry still a safe bet in PH amid changing rules, rising competition
(Philippines) -- In a country which is 80 percent Catholic, it would seem surprising that the gaming industry has taken off: the Philippines has become one of the key...

5/21/2018

article PAGCOR officials shown the door over licensing power abuse claims
(Philippines) -- Two Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) officials are getting the boot after their names were linked to corrupt activities. The...

5/10/2018

article Universal Ent eyes more rooms, gaming area expansion for Okada Manila
(Philippines) -- Japan-listed gambling conglomerate Universal Entertainment Corp. remains bullish about the prospects of its integrated resort in the Philippines as it...

5/7/2018

article Watchdog slams Pagcor for ignoring Supreme Court of rule of law
(Philippines) -- An anti-graft watchdog slammed state-run Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. for alleged “shameless disrespect to the Supreme Court” by...

5/4/2018

article BLOG: The changing patterns in casino and gambling
(Philippines) -- I was in Macau recently to look at the premises of Galaxy. Since there are different interpretations of what it is I feel obliged to give an eyewitness...
article China's gambling fever is stoking Manila's property boom
(Philippines) -- In Manila's main financial district and its fringes, signs of the new inhabitants are everywhere: the restaurants serving steaming Chinese hotpots...

5/2/2018

article Casino just an 'amenity' of Boracay resort project, Rep. Benitez says
(Philippines) -- A lawmaker on Monday said there is no actual design yet for a Boracay casino project a company he founded is involved in, as it is still being developed...

5/1/2018

article Philippines Rodrigo Duterte Says No to Boracay Casino, as Billionaire Woo Fails to Woo President
(Philippines) -- Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte spoke publicly this week for the first time about a proposed $500 million casino resort on Boracay, the country...

4/30/2018

article Philippine regulator says Galaxy's $500 mln Boracay casino resort on hold
(Philippines) -- The Philippines gaming regulator said a plan by Macau’s Galaxy Entertainment Group to build a $500 million integrated casino resort on a...

4/29/2018

article Duterte firm on Boracay closure, casino ban
(Philippines) -- His Cabinet recommended it, and President Duterte is going along with the closure of Boracay Island for six months despite concerns that this may be too...
article Duterte: 'The billionaires' only thought Boracay casino was allowed
(Philippines) -- President Rodrigo Duterte on Sunday said that there was never any plan to put up a casino in Barangay Manoc-Manoc in Boracay. "There will never be...
article Philippine regulator says Galaxy's $500 million Boracay casino resort on hold
(Philippines) -- The Philippines gaming regulator said a plan by Macau’s Galaxy Entertainment Group to build a $500 million integrated casino resort on a...

4/25/2018

article Commission wants to split PAGCOR’s regulatory, commercial functions
(Philippines) -- A Philippine commission for state-run companies has joined calls to make Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) a purely regulatory body....

4/24/2018

article GOCC commission seeks to split PAGCOR into gaming regulator and casino operator
(Philippines) -- The Governance Commission for Government-owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) said Wednesday it has recommended the separation of regulatory and...

4/23/2018

article Galaxy’s Philippines partner still buying up Boracay land: report
(Philippines) -- Galaxy Entertainment Group’s Philippines partner, Leisure and Resorts World Corp (LRWC), is still buying land in Boracay despite recent claims by...

4/19/2018

article Boracay casino scheme officially intact: Pagcor
(Philippines) -- The Philippines’ gaming regulator, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor), says it is “not aware” of a suggestion that a...
article Chinese firm's Filipino partner denies Boracay casino plan dropped
(Philippines) -- The Filipino partner of Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group says it has not scrapped its plans to build a casino on Boracay, contrary to...
article Groups Stage Vehicle Caravan to Protest against Boracay Closure
(Philippines) -- Opponents of the planned closure of the Philippine island of Boracay staged a vehicle caravan on Thursday to protest the move, local news outlet...

4/17/2018

article LRWC says no decision made on Boracay, contradicting tourism officials
(Philippines) -- Leisure and Resorts World Corp. has denied that it has shelved plans with Galaxy Entertainment for a casino on the island of Boracay, contradicting...

4/12/2018

article Boracay off-limits to Macau casino firm
(Hong Kong) -- Macau’s Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd. may open a casino in the Philippines but not on Boracay Island, according to presidential spokesperson Harry...
article 'License for Boracay casino project void’
(Philippines) -- Companies planning to construct a $500-million integrated casino resort in Boracay may have to build their gaming center elsewhere as the provisional...
article Palace torpedoes Boracay casino plan; new strategy sought
(Philippines) -- MALACAÑANG on Thursday insisted no casino would be built on Boracay as ordered by President Rodrigo Duterte, but said it would welcome all investors...
article Philippines shelves casino plan on Boracay
(Philippines) -- The Philippines yesterday shelved a plan by Macau's Galaxy Entertainment Group to build a US$500 million (S$656 million) integrated casino-resort on...

4/11/2018

article Philippine casino proxy betting is AML loophole: U.S.
(Philippines) -- The Philippines’ tolerance of casino proxy gambling, involving bets placed on behalf of someone not physically present in a gaming venue, was one...
article US State Department Accuses Philippine Casino Sector of Ongoing AML Deficiencies
(Philippines) -- The Philippines has tightened anti-money laundering (AML) controls at its casinos, but the gaming sector is still guilty of “ongoing deficiencies...
article Philippines shelves Galaxy's planned $500 mln casino resort on Boracay
(Philippines) -- The Philippines on Wednesday shelved a plan by Macau’s Galaxy Entertainment Group Ltd to build a $500 million integrated casino-resort on a...

4/10/2018

article Senate probe sought on Boracay closure
(Philippines) -- Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV is seeking an investigation into President Duterte’s order to close Boracay Island for six months. Trillanes, a vocal critic...

4/9/2018

article Land reform eyed in Boracay; casinos banned
(Philippines) -- President Duterte has rejected a plan to build a $500-million casino complex on Boracay Island, saying he will place the property under the land reform...

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