In a statement issued on Friday, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) has confirmed that no offshore gaming company in the country is operated by Chinese corporations.
Victor Padilla, senior manager of Pagcor’s policy and offshore gaming licensing division, said: “No companies are operated by Chinese corporations because mostly the corporations are offshore companies which have local companies here in the Philippines.”
Padilla was speaking at the House budget hearing on the agency’s 2020 budget.
Padilla also confirmed that there are 60 licensed Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (Pogos) in the country. Of the 60 licensed operators, only 48 are operational.
Responding to the Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang’s call to ban all online gambling in the Philippines, Padilla said that Pogos do not stream in any country that does not allow online gambling.
“In our manual, we do not stream in any country which prohibits online gaming or gambling,” Padilla said.
“So the statement of the Chinese (official), I don’t think it’s also considered in the gaming perspective. I think it’s more of the Chinese employees perspective,” he added.
Earlier this week on Tuesday, welcoming the Philippines’ decision to not issue any fresh Pogo Licenses, Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang said in a press briefing in Beijing: “We have also taken note of the Philippine government’s announcement and appreciates it. We hope the Philippines will go further and ban all online gambling.”