The new gambling-related legislation in the Philippines is considered to be one of the important steps towards the full regulation of gaming activities in the country. However, the situation on the gambling market is still far from the ideal one. The officials are still unable to cope with illegal gambling offers in the Philippines.
The new president Rodrigo Duterte should provide regulations for online gambling. Before the election he promised citizens to establish a service available 24 hours per day and 7 days per week for reporting about illegal gambling activities. Such reports may help the authorities to block illicit resources.
According to the current president, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation PAGCOR is unable to combat illegal online gambling successfully, so that the aim of Duterte is to take control over this industry in the nearest future.
Duterte believes that it is necessary to withdraw all licenses issued by the previous administration, since it is currently impossible to regulate tax revenues from gambling facilities.
Apart from the Philippines, other Asian countries, including Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia, are currently trying to cope with illicit gambling activities on the Internet.
Gambling operators should take the Duterteís intentions seriously, taking into account his nickname. The journalists from the Time magazine called him "The Punisher" for his promises to kill 100,000 criminals, if necessary.
Duterte promised to spend the funds received from gambling games on providing high-quality healthcare services. Education is supposed to be another priority of his administration.
The first attempts to evaluate the current measures on the gambling market in the Philippines can be undertaken after the 2016 UEFA European Championship.