House OKs anti-game fixing act on 2nd reading

RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 23 2022 11:11 PM

The House of Representatives has approved House Bill 4513 or the "Anti Game-Fixing Act, "on Second reading.

The congressional fact sheet explained that the bill expands the definition of game-fixing by including the acts of point-shaving and game-machinations.

The bill also considers the elements of "monetary gain" and "valuable consideration" as prima facie evidence of game-fixing.

The bill would also include abetting, aiding, inducing any person to commit game-fixing and profiting therefrom as other forms of game-fixing.

It also defines game-fixing as committed by a syndicate when three or more persons conspire or confederate with one another.

It punishes game-fixing acts committed in both professional and amateur sports, including collegiate leagues.

It punishes violations with imprisonment from three years and one day to six years or a fine of not less than P1 million to P5 million.

It likewise imposes stiffer penalties of imprisonment from six years and one day to twelve years or a fine of not less than P1 million but not more than P5 million when the offender is an athlete, promoter, referee, umpire, judge, coach in the game, race or sports competition.

It also imposes life imprisonment or a fine of not less than P10 million but not more than P50 million if the offender is a member of a syndicate.

Meanwhile it imposes only administrative liability upon student violators who are minors.

On the other hand the bill penalizes even the mere proposal, attempt and conspiracy to commit gamefixing with imprisonment from one year to three years or a fine of not less than P500,000 but not more than P1 million.

It also imposes the penalty of perpetual disqualification from participation, in any capacity, in both amateur and professional sports upon those who found guilty of game-fixing.

It also provides exemption from prosecution or punishment for those who shall disclose, testify or assist in the prosecution of game-fixing and all other punishable acts.

The same fact sheet explained the bill seeks to promote fair play and eliminate game-fixing by providing penalties against its various forms.

The House will vote on the bill on 3rd and final reading in 3 days.