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In Duterte-land, U2’s Bono touches on the taboo

Dec 11, 2019 - 5:12 PM

’You don’t compromise on human rights,’ he wants to tell the President

[ANALYSIS | Point of Law] The OSG and POGOs

Dec 02, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Does the Office of Solicitor General have the power to give advisory opinions to other government agencies like Pagcor?

Lawmakers refute ‘misguided’ Calida: Gov’t can tax POGOs

Nov 18, 2019 - 1:35 PM

'The opinion of the OSG is erroneous, misplaced and misguided. It does not serve the interest of the country. Who will benefit from it?' asks Senator Franklin Drilon

TAXES. Lawmakers argue why the government should continue imposing taxes on Philippine offshore gaming operators. File photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

House panel OKs bill slapping 5% franchise tax, 25% income tax on POGOs

Nov 18, 2019 - 1:05 PM

House committee on ways and means chairperson Joey Salceda says imposing additional taxes on Philippine offshore gaming operators would raise P45 billion in government revenue

NEW TAXES. The House committee on ways and means moves to impose additional taxes on Philippine offshore gaming operators. File photo by Rappler

DOF backs more taxes for online gambling firms

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:57 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez supports the plan of Albay Representative Joey Salceda to slap more taxes on Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators and their service providers

Angeles City shuts down Chinese-operated POGO firm

Oct 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

City Hall closes a POGO company which had no business permit and was not paying business taxes

PAGE 2019 (the Phil-Asian Gaming Expo) at SMX Convention Center in Pasay on July 12-14, 2019. Photo by Rappler

Top casino execs to meet in Manila in December

Oct 09, 2019 - 8:40 PM

As the Philippines positions itself to be the top gambling destination in Asia, the country prepares to host one of the most highly anticipated gaming expos

China's expansion

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:33 PM

What the Philippines should watch out for

BIR lifts closure order on online gambling firm

Oct 01, 2019 - 1:20 PM

The first online gambling firm shut down by the Philippine government is up and running again after promising to settle P1.3 billion in unpaid taxes

Philippines 'can earn P300B yearly' if gaming industry privatized

Sep 25, 2019 - 3:55 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says P300 billion in annual revenues can be achieved 'with no effort' should the government privatize Pagcor and PCSO gaming operations

MORE REVENUES. Finance Secretary Sonny Dominguez says that the government would earn more with privatizing the gaming sector. Photo by Angie de Silva

Ace Barbers warns POGOs make PH vulnerable to drugs, money laundering

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:14 AM

The chair of the House committee on dangerous drugs says the online gambling industry has the potential to 'revolutionize' the money laundering process

FRONT FOR DIRTY MONEY? A lawmaker cautions against the booming online gambling industry in the Philippines. File photo by Rappler

High risk, high return: House to probe online gambling boom

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:00 PM

House ways and means committee chairman Joey Salceda says they are 'quietly studying' online gambling risks, adding that the industry already comprises nearly 1% of gross domestic product

Online gambling contributes P551 billion to Philippine economy yearly

Sep 17, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) now bring more cash to the local economy than business process outsourcing companies, says Leechiu Property Consultants

JACKPOT. A property consultancy firm says online gambling is contributing more cash now more than ever to the local economy. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler


Dominguez orders BIR to shut down tax-dodging POGOs

Sep 15, 2019 - 6:05 PM

'Those who don't pay or respond to your assessments, clamp them down,' says Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III

Police file charges vs 181 illegal Chinese POGO workers in Cebu

Sep 11, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The employees face charges of violating illegal gambling and cybercrime laws

Duterte won't ban POGOs: 'We need it'

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:19 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is not heeding China's call to ban online gambling operations

ONLINE GAMBLING. The Philippine government wants to better collect taxes from POGOs. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

EXPLAINER: How online casinos hit the jackpot in the Philippines

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Rappler breaks down how online gambling flourished in Manila and why it could be the latest test of the relationship between the Philippines and China


[ANALYSIS] Duterte and the POGO dilemma

Aug 26, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Beijing has asked that POGOs be closed, but their departure would in the near term adversely affect the bottom line of several of the Philippines' largest real estate firms. It's for President Duterte to save the sector.

China wants Philippines to ban online gambling

Aug 21, 2019 - 12:28 PM

China also wants to 'jointly tackle criminal activities including online gambling and cyber fraud,' saying it would help development relations between Manila and Beijing

BAN ONLINE GAMBLING. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Geng Shuang says China hopes the Philippine will move to ban all forms of online gambling. Photo from website of China's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

[OPINION] The real losers and winners of Chinese online gambling

Aug 17, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Driven by greed and ignorance, countless ordinary Chinese people, like moths flying toward fire, fall into online gambling and cannot extricate themselves

Villanueva says POGOs only 'kill' the local economy

Jul 31, 2019 - 6:02 PM

Senator Joel Villanueva says Filipino interests are only at a disadvantage with the growing Philippine online gambling operations industry in the country

REGULATE. Senator Joel Villanueva bats for the regulation of POGOs operating in the country. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Nearly 400 Chinese detained in record Vietnam gambling bust

Jul 28, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Chinese and Taiwanese groups use Vietnam as a venue for online betting rings in recent years

Philippines, China 'not talking' about online gambling

Jul 02, 2019 - 10:25 PM

'We are not talking to the Chinese government about it. This is a matter of their citizens...who work here and are subject to our tax laws. That's all,' says Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III


Online gambling: Good for whose business?

Jun 14, 2019 - 9:47 PM

China absolutely hates gambling, but the Philippines is fueling its citizens' addiction

A Chinese online gambling worker's plight in Manila

Jun 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM

Withheld passports, dubious recruiters, broken promises. This all sounds like a Filipino OFW's story, but it's someone else's.

Vietnam police bust $1-billion illegal online gambling ring

Apr 28, 2019 - 5:00 PM

Police say 22 people have been arrested in massive raids across Vietnam to combat online gambling

Finance department zeroes in on foreign online gambling workers

Mar 04, 2019 - 6:15 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III says it is important to find out where foreign online gambling workers are located, given the 'national security implications' and their large presence here

Senators want crackdown vs illegal Chinese workers

Nov 26, 2018 - 5:05 PM

Senators Joel Villanueva and Grace Poe say government agencies are not doing enough to prevent foreigners from illegally working in the Philippines

Duterte wants to 'suppress' online gambling

Oct 25, 2018 - 2:05 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says gambling is a magnet for crimes like extortion and kidnapping

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte chats with Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez on the sidelines of the 2015-2017 Philippine Quality Award conferment ceremony at the Malacañan Palace on October 24, 2018. KING RODRIGUEZ/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Silent addiction: How Filipinos fall prey to the online gambling market

Oct 10, 2018 - 4:41 PM

Foreign online casino sites not regulated by Pagcor are easily accessible in the Philippines, leaving Filipinos at risk of gambling addiction

How China’s online gambling addiction is reshaping Manila

Oct 09, 2018 - 9:00 PM

There's more dim sum in the metro, but the Chinese have driven up rent for locals and brought in a gambling contagion

Under-fire Apple removes 25,000 apps in China

Aug 20, 2018 - 7:39 PM

Apple removed 25,000 apps suspected of facilitating gambling and illegal lotteries, state broadcaster CCTV reports, emphasizing there was still work to be done.

APPLE'S CHINA WOES. In this file photo taken on September 9, 2015 a reporter walks by an Apple logo during a media event in San Francisco, California. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

NBA, MGM sign historic sports gambling partnership

Aug 01, 2018 - 8:47 AM

The pact makes the NBA the first American sports league with an official betting partner

GROUNDBREAKING. NBA commissioner Adam Silver says the multi-year deal with MGM aims to keep the integrity of the game. Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images/AFP

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Jun 26, 2018 - 12:11 PM

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Justices of the Supreme Court led by acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio starts the oral arguments on the same sex marriage on June 18, 2018. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Multinationals are top plastic polluters in the Philippines – report

Jun 02, 2018 - 12:41 PM

'It's time we hold these companies accountable. They cannot continue raking in money and then passing on the responsibility and costs of cleaning their mess to cities and Filipino taxpayers,' says environmentalist Froilan Grate

Controversial ex-CA justice fined for gambling

Apr 23, 2018 - 4:55 PM

Retired Court of Appeals Associate Justice Normandie Pizarro, who was accused of 'selling' cases, justifies his gambling as an 'indiscretion committed by a dying man'

GUILTY. Retired Court of Appeals Justice Normandie Pizarro is found guilty of conduct unbecoming of a member of the judiciary for gambling.

PNP official arrested after revealing identity in casino quarrel

Apr 04, 2018 - 10:00 PM

Superintendent Adrian Antonio is the administrative officer of the PNP's Directorate for Operations, which creates anti-crime campaigns. Public officials like Antonio are barred from going to casinos.

CAUGHT ON CAMERA. Superintendent Aldrin Antonio plays baccarat at a Parañaque casino. Photo courtesy of NCRPO Southern Police District

PH can earn big with Chinese call centers, says Sombero

Jan 14, 2018 - 3:46 PM

Wally Sombero, a self-proclaimed online gaming expert in the middle of a bribery scandal, says he wants President Rodrigo Duterte to understand the potential of Asia's growing online gaming industry

HOT SEAT. Wally Sombero arrives at the Senate on February 16 to attend a Senate probe. Photo by Joseph Vidal/PRIB

Britain to crack down on 'hidden epidemic' of gambling

Oct 31, 2017 - 11:25 PM

Britain says it would tighten laws on high stakes gaming machines to protect 'the most vulnerable' users by lowering maximum bets, curbing advertising and raising awareness about potential harm

GAMING. This file photo taken on January 29, 2009 shows visitors look at gambling machines at the International Gaming Expo at the Earls Court centre in west London. Photo by Shaun Curry/AFP

Top 10 companies 'Filipinos want to work for' in 2017

Aug 30, 2017 - 3:40 PM

Jobstreet asks 3 658 Filipinos which company they want to work for Here are the top 10

TOP EMPLOYER. In the latest Jobstreet.com survey, Meralco ranks best in job security, in work-life balance, and in benefits. Rappler graphic by Emil Mercado

CEZA derived 80% of income from 'illegal' operations – Lambino

Aug 04, 2017 - 8:30 AM

In a press briefing on Wednesday August 2 Cagayan Economic Zone Authority CEO and administrator Raul Lambino says these were revenues from online and offshore gaming licensees operating outside the jurisdiction of CEZA

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Jul 21, 2017 - 10:08 AM

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VICTIMS. Certain elements appear in the circumstances surrounding incidents of extrajudicial killings in the Philippine drug war. All photos by Alejandro Edoria

Philippines arrests 44 foreigners for kidnapping Singaporean

Jul 20, 2017 - 1:56 PM

The group was believed to be behind the series of kidnapping incidents against foreign nationals who are high roller casino players in recent months

SYNDICATE. Philippine National Police chief Ronald dela Rosa presents to media on Thursday, July 20, 2017, the 42 Chinese and 2 Malaysian nationals suspected to be behind kidnap-for-ransom and loan shark operations preying on casino patrons. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Chinese court jails Australian Crown Resorts staff in gambling case

Jun 26, 2017 - 3:31 PM

The Crown staffers were suspected of arranging junkets overseas for wealthy Chinese gamblers

MELBOURNE CASINO This photo taken on July 28, 2016 shows a general view of the Crown casino in Melbourne. Saeed Khan/AFP

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

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.

Resorts World attack: 4 questions that beg for an answer

Jun 07, 2017 - 11:13 AM

As the House of Representatives begins its probe into the robbery and arson attack on the popular casino we revisit what we know about the incident and the questions that need to be answered

RESORTS WORLD MANILA ATTACK. Ambulances wait outside Resorts World Manila after a gunman stormed the casino in an alleged robbery attempt on June 2, 2017. Photo by Alecs Ongcal/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

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