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PAGCOR lenient to offshore operators, but stringent in govt remittance

Jul 18, 2018 - 6:29 PM

PAGCOR’s tolerance of offshore gaming operators who do not pay on time contrasts with how strict it is in limiting the amount it remits for the country’s sports programs and other national projects

INCOME SHARE. PAGCOR remits income share to the national government and Philippine Sports Commission based only on its income from gaming operations, contrary to the position of the Commission on Audit. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

COA flags P345-M PAGCOR allowances, bonuses

Jul 18, 2018 - 3:21 PM

Among the findings of the Commission on Audit in its 2017 report on the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation is that top PAGCOR officials received transportation allowances on top of car plans

CAR ALLOWANCE. PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo gets a transportation allowance on top of a car plan, says the Commission on Audit. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

Calida firm bags P150M in deals from gov't, including DOJ

May 27, 2018 - 1:56 PM

The Department of Justice, which supervises budget for the Office of the Solicitor General, awards contracts to a security agency owned by the family of Solicitor General Jose Calida

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS. Solicitor General Jose Calida's security firm Vigilant wins contracts from government agencies including the Department of Justice.

Galaxy Entertainment's PH partner denies Boracay casino scrapped

Apr 17, 2018 - 8:25 PM

(UPDATED) Contrary to the statement of the Department of Tourism, Leisure & Resorts World Corporation says it has not abandoned its Boracay project with Galaxy Entertainment

Why Pagcor 'provisionally' approved Chinese firm's Boracay casino

Apr 11, 2018 - 7:55 PM

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation clarifies Galaxy Entertainment Group and its local partner still need to follow a 'long and tedious' process before getting a regular casino gaming license

IN QUESTION. A joint venture between Chinese casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group and Leisure & Resorts World Corporation bags a provisional gaming license – a few days before President Rodrigo Duterte's 6-month closure order. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Filinvest to build $200-million casino-hotel complex in Clark

Apr 05, 2018 - 5:35 PM

The real estate developer secures a provisional license for a casino in its 201-hectare Mimosa+ Leisure City development

PH travel, tourism sectors girding for planned Boracay shutdown

Mar 21, 2018 - 11:30 AM

Airlines and hotels will take a hit, if the government pushes through with its planned temporary closure of Boracay. But some developers say it won't delay the construction of major commercial developments in the island.

Aerial view of Boracay image from ShutterStock

Leisure & Resorts World Corp buys land for Boracay resort-casino

Mar 19, 2018 - 9:15 PM

Leisure & Resorts World Corporation and its Chinese partner Galaxy Entertainment Group Limited plan to build a $500-million integrated resort and casino on a 23-hectare land in Boracay

PLANNED CLOSURE. With the looming closure of Boracay Island for a year, tourism officials expect a sharp drop in arrivals at the Kalibo International Airport. File photo by Choi2451/Wikimedia.org

DOF unit proposes 1,400% increase in casino entrance fee

Jan 08, 2018 - 4:10 PM

The National Tax Research Center says this increase would discourage low-income earners from gambling and would also lead to higher revenue collection for infrastructure projects

HIGH ENTRANCE FEES. Tourist and casino players arrive at the grand opening of the City of Dreams mega-casino in Manila on February 2, 2015. Photo by Jay Directo/AFP

PhilWeb to resume gaming operations after getting Pagcor license

Oct 31, 2017 - 7:45 PM

The e-gaming firm expects to return to profitability by 2018

COA: Duterte has over P6 billion in discretionary funds

Jul 12, 2017 - 4:59 PM

The Office of the President s discretionary funds include a P1 4 billion donation of the Lopez owned Benpres Corporation to the government dating back to 1990 which remains untouched

Resorts World Manila resumes gaming operations

Jun 29, 2017 - 4:55 PM

The hotel casino presents its security plans and passes a Pagcor inspection leading to the lifting of the suspension order issued against it after the deadly June 2 attack

RESUMING OPERATIONS. The Resorts World Manila facade two days after the attack. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Isabela lawmaker admits to gambling, defends politicians in casinos

Jun 21, 2017 - 3:45 PM

The lawmaker who filed the bill seeking a P3 000 casino entrance fee admits he also gambles but argues the law does not prohibit legislators from doing so

GAMBLING LAWMAKER. Representative Rodolfo Albano III says lawmakers are allowed to gamble because they were elected by the people, who supposedly about their activities already. Photo by Rappler

House holds final hearing on Resorts World attack

Jun 21, 2017 - 2:08 PM

David Chua chairman of Travellers International Hotel Group that owns and operates Resorts World has been subpoenaed to appear on Wednesday June 21

PROBE TO END. Resorts World Manila facade two days after the attack. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

CCTV monitoring team, funeral homes reps invited to Resorts World probe

Jun 13, 2017 - 7:42 PM

The House committees invite the Resorts World security team who were supposed to man the CCTV surveillance room but who left their posts during the attack on June 2

IN AID OF LEGISLATION. Three House committees will continue their probe into the deadly Resorts World attack on June 14. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Resorts World Manila operator vows to 'defend' gaming license

Jun 13, 2017 - 6:00 PM

This comes after the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation s decision to suspend the provisional license of the casino

QUIET. Firemen break several windows at the height of the fire during the attack of the casino hotel complex on June 2, 2017. Photo by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

FAST FACTS: What you need to know about the Philippine casino industry

Jun 08, 2017 - 8:04 PM

Despite challenges Pagcor Chairperson Andrea Domingo says the local gaming industry s total revenues in 2017 may still expand to P160 billion

GAMING. The billion peso casino industry is in the spotlight as attacks on a luxury resort-casino led to the death of at least 36 people.

3 questions answered at House probe into Resorts World attack

Jun 08, 2017 - 12:43 PM

Lawmakers want to clip Pagcor s powers to grant licenses to casinos after Resorts World Manila management admitted security lapses in the June 2 incident

IN AID OF LEGISLATION. Lawmakers start their probe into the deadly Resorts World attack on June 7. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

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Resorts World Manila COO admits 'lapses in security' during attack

Jun 07, 2017 - 6:54 PM

Stephen Reilly: When we played the first videos I pointed out there should have been security personnel posted on certain points and they were not present

SECURITY LAPSES. Resort World Manila president Kingson Sian (left) and chief operating officer Stephen James Reilly (right) during the congressional probe on June 7. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

House to clip Pagcor powers after Resorts World attack

Jun 07, 2017 - 2:07 PM

Pagcor head Andrea Domingo says Resorts World failed to comply with a recent advisory to strengthen security measures

PAGCOR Chairperson Andrea Domingo during the Congressional committee hearing on Resort World Manila incident at the Dignitaries Louncge of NAIA Terminal 3 in Pasay City. PHOTO BY INOUE JAENA/RAPPLER

Gambling addiction: How the Philippines prevents, handles 'problem gamers'

Jun 06, 2017 - 2:15 PM

Local casinos are practicing minimum responsible gaming standards set by regulators But compared to global practices the Philippines seems to be just catching up

RESPONSIBLE GAMING. About 220 gamblers in the Philippines turned to a to self-exclusion program, volunteering to be banned from casinos in an attempt to go cold turkey. Rappler file photo

Gambling addiction responsibility of individuals, families – Pagcor

Jun 05, 2017 - 1:40 PM

The state can only do so much says Pagcor boss Andrea Domingo in the wake of the Resorts World Manila attack

GAMBLING NEEDED. PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo defends the gaming industry saying that it contributes much to the Philippine economy. Photo by Rambo Talabong/Rappler

DOH targets release of smoking ban rules before SONA

May 30, 2017 - 3:45 PM

Local governments are encouraged to pass their own local ordinances that will implement Executive Order 26 and the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control

NO TO TOBACCO. Tobacco control advocates join the World Health Organization and the Department of Health to commemorate this year's World No Tobacco Day. Photo by Jee Y. Geronimo/Rappler

Dennis Uy to develop $300M resort and casino in Cebu

May 04, 2017 - 5:02 PM

Udenna plans to break ground for the integrated resort and casino in 3 months time It targets to complete the development in 2022

CEBU CASINO. Dubbed as Lapu-Lapu Leisure Mactan, the development will rise within a 12-hectare prime beachfront 6 kilometers, or a 20-minute drive, away from the Cebu airport. Rappler file photo

Pagcor imposes 5-year moratorium on new Metro Manila casinos

Mar 21, 2017 - 9:00 PM

The gaming regulator makes the decision in response to a position letter from investors seeking breathing space for the market to mature

LATEST ADDITION. Okada Manila, the $2-billion integrated resort casino of Japanese billionaire Kazuo Okada, is the latest addition to the growing number of casinos in Metro Manila. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/Rappler

Don't believe Robredo, Pagcor chief tells ASEAN gaming summit

Mar 21, 2017 - 8:05 PM

The Philippines is one of the best places to invest in Andrea Domingo tells potential investors Ignore the noise she adds

'JUST NOISE.' Domingo (R) asks investors not to believe Vice-President Leni Robredo's (L) claims on police abuses in the course of the country's campaign against illegal drugs and criminality. Rappler file photo

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Mar 03, 2017 - 8:27 AM

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Duterte signs EO 13 to 'intensify' fight vs illegal gambling

Feb 10, 2017 - 10:04 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte orders law enforcement agencies PAGCOR and freeport authorities to report on the progress of the fight against illegal gambling every 6 months

WORKING PRESIDENT. President Rodrigo Duterte reads documents during the 12th Cabinet meeting at the Palace. Photo from Presidential Photographers Division

Offshore gaming boosts growth of Metro Manila office rentals

Feb 09, 2017 - 5:45 PM

Offshore gaming companies take more than 80 000 square meters of the space available according to Colliers International Philippines

DRIVING RENTALS. In 2016, 35 offshore gaming licenses have been issued by the PAGCOR. Photo of Manila Bay from Wikipedia.org

Pagcor income to augment NAPC funds

Jan 31, 2017 - 3:02 PM

UPDATED The budget will be used for NAPC s pilot anti poverty programs and the services of national government agencies that need more funding

CONTRACTUALS. Workers are given the option to reapply to the National Anti-Poverty Commission after lead convenor Liza Maza sacked them in early September.

PEZA to Duterte: We're not engaged in online gaming

Dec 23, 2016 - 9:41 PM

PEZA chief Charito Plaza reacts to the President s allegation that the one who gets appointed to PEZA he gets about P300 billion selling the umbrella type of license

SOLE AUTHORITY. Only state-owned and -controlled Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) has the authority to grant e-gaming franchises. Photo by Aya Lowe/Rappler

Duterte orders closure of 'all online gaming' firms

Dec 22, 2016 - 3:33 PM

UPDATED The President makes the statement 4 months after he indicated he was willing to give the online gaming industry a chance

President Duterte. Photo by Ace Morandante/PPD

DOJ: Arrest Jack Lam upon return to PH 'if warranted'

Dec 05, 2016 - 1:20 PM

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II warns about the strong possibility that the Chinese gaming tycoon may place himself beyond the reach of Philippine law

IMMIGRATION LOOKOUT. Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II orders the Bureau of Immigration to monitor Chinese gaming tycoon Jack Lam's entry into and departure from the Philippines. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

Jack Lam left PH ahead of Duterte order – BI

Dec 04, 2016 - 10:30 PM

Meanwhile Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II says there is no need for an arrest warrant against Lam for him to be nabbed

RIGHT TO TRAVEL. The Bureau of Immigration clarified guidelines on the need to prove financial capability before being allowed to travel abroad. File photo by Jay Directo/AFP

Duterte orders arrest of gaming tycoon Jack Lam

Dec 03, 2016 - 7:20 PM

Philippine National Police chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa calls on the public to provide authorities with any information on the gaming tycoon s whereabouts

BRIBERY. President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the arrest of Jack Lam 'for the case of bribery and economic sabotage,' says PNP chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa. File photo by Richard Madelo/Presidential Photo

Duterte wants to use P5B PAGCOR funds for Botika ng Bayan

Nov 30, 2016 - 3:18 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte tells PAGCOR he wants the community pharmacies to give free medicines to the poor

SOCIO-CIVIC FUND. President Rodrigo Duterte accepts the P5-billion check from Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo, President and COO Alfredo Lim, and other PAGCOR officials during a meeting in Malacañang on November 28, 2016. Photo by KING RODRIGUEZ/ Presidential Photo

House panel quizzes DOH on drug rehab, animal bite programs

Nov 09, 2016 - 7:50 PM

A couple of lawmakers ask Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial about her department s capability to implement certain programs

10 gov’t firms fail to remit P68B in dividends – COA

Oct 31, 2016 - 7:09 PM

State auditors find that from 2004 to 2014 these GOCCs either did not declare failed to record failed to remit or under remitted their dividends

Higher 'chalk allowance' for teachers sought

Oct 22, 2016 - 5:19 PM

In the war against illiteracy these are the ammos our teachers use says Senator Ralph Recto author of Senate Bill 812 which seeks to increase the allowance for teaching supplies from P1 500 to P3 500

PhilWeb's new chief Araneta asks Pagcor to renew license

Oct 12, 2016 - 8:05 PM

This comes after embattled businessman Roberto Ongpin sold his entire 53 76 stake in PhilWeb to Gregorio Greggy Ma Araneta III for a discounted price of P2 60 per share

EXHAUSTING ALL MEANS. PhilWeb has been exhausting all means for Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to renew its license to operate e-Games cafes.

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Ongpin sells PhilWeb shares to Greggy Araneta

Oct 05, 2016 - 7:33 PM

Gregorio Greggy Araneta III son in law of the late President Ferdinand Marcos will be the new chairman of PhilWeb Corporation

RENEW. With the divestment of Ongpin, the new management of PhilWeb will apply anew for the renewal of its license with PAGCOR to operate eGames cafes

Pagcor, Indian association donate P5.7M to Davao blast victims

Sep 20, 2016 - 2:52 PM

We are ready to help since we have been the beneficiary of the city’s development growth and the goodness of its people says Dr David Pillai of the Davao Medical Education Management Services

PAGCOR GIVES. PAGCOR gives P5M assistance to Davao's night market blast victims through Arnell Ignacio, assistant vice president for Community Relation and Services Department. Photo by CIO

DOH wants P1.2-B reproductive health budget in 2017

Sep 14, 2016 - 4:52 PM

This is a huge jump from the P165 million proposal earlier presented by Health Secretary Paulyn Ubial before lawmakers at the House of Representatives

Ongpin renews auction of his PhilWeb shares

Sep 05, 2016 - 3:07 PM

The businessman says he will donate P1 billion of the proceeds to the government s drug rehabilitation program

'FIRM BELIEVER.' 'I am a firm believer in the President's drive against the drug menace,' says embattled Roberto Ongpin. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler

PhilWeb plans to revive mobile lotto gaming

Aug 24, 2016 - 8:10 PM

After not renewing PhilWeb s online gaming license PAGCOR will look into the firm s mobile lottery proposal and review its terms

FIGHT VS ONLINE GAMING. The fight against online gaming comes after President Duterte publicly named Ongpin (L) as one of the oligarchs he wants to destroy. Domingo's photo (R) from PAGCOR website

Pagcor says proposal to merge with PCSO ‘difficult’

Aug 23, 2016 - 10:29 PM

A congressman points out during the budget briefing that the PCSO s main source of revenue is gaming which is under the jurisdiction of Pagcor

MERGER? Both PAGCOR and the PCSO generate funds for the Philippine government through the gaming industry. File photo of casino by Rappler

Pagcor to allocate funds for health programs

Aug 23, 2016 - 9:13 PM

Education Secretary Leonor Briones no longer wants gambling money from Pagcor to continue funding education programs

BUDGET BRIEFING. PAGCOR officials Sharon Quintanilla and Andrea Domingo face the House Committee on Appropriations on August 23. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Ongpin offers PAGCOR his P20B PhilWeb shares for drug rehab

Aug 21, 2016 - 8:02 AM

In an amended proposal to PAGCOR Ongpin says – for the 3rd time – that this is his last attempt to save PhilWeb Corporation and its employees

'FIRM BELIEVER.' 'I am a firm believer in the President [Rodrigo Duterte]'s drive against the drug menace,' embattled Roberto Ongpin says. Photo by Chrisee Dela Paz/Rappler