President of the Philipinnes Rodrigo Duterte believes that it is necessary to prohibit gambling on the Internet, since many local residents prefer gambling to working for a living.
However, the President has no yet specified the kinds of gambling games he wants to ban. Even the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR), which is a government-owned corporation that regulates gambling activities, is unaware of them.
It should be noted that a lot of Asian gambling operators received their licenses by the First Cagayan Leisure and Resort Corporation. According to legislation, the Philippines-based operators can provide only foreigners with services. Local citizens may not gamble.
However, those who cannot live without trying their luck can visit eGames facilities where gambling for locals is allowed. The following organizations offer their services to gamblers from the Philippines: Leisure & Resorts World Corp, DFNN, Logic MegaSportsWorld, and PhilWeb.
Duterte announced that it was necessary to regulate the tax policy. At the moment, it is impossible to collect taxes from online gambling activities beyond the country. Therefore, the issue of eGames terminals is not the only source of taxes that is worth paying attention to.
Perhaps the President of Philippines intends to pay attention to offline operators. However, gambling is less important to the government of the country than drug dealers. That is why the primary Duterteís task is to cope with the illegal drug trade. After that, he is going to fulfill his promise to eliminate illegal gambling operators and take control over the entire gambling industry.
However, the anti-gambling campaign also has its negative impact. It may reduce the number of white-collar jobs.
The websites provided with licenses of other countries cannot be prohibited in the Philippines. Despite the inability to provide local residents with services, some of them still may have their service hubs in the Philippines.