PAGCOR mulls tighter casino gambling rules

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Posted at Feb 19 2019 12:28 PM | Updated as of Feb 19 2019 12:47 PM

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MANILA -- The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation on Tuesday said it was studying tighter regulations for gambling in casinos. 

Filipinos are only prohibited from gambling in offshore games and junkets. They may play in casinos as long as they pay a P100 entrance fee and have a show money of P5,000, said PAGCOR Chairperson Andrea Domingo. 

"Ako talaga, hindi ako sang-ayon na mga Pilipino ang naglalaro dito sa ating mga casino kaya talagang hinihigpitan namin iyan," she told DZMM. 

(Personally, I am not in favor of Filipinos playing in our casinos so we will tighten regulations.) 

Domingo said she would consult Pagcor's legal department on whether changing casino rules requires an amendment of the law or just new regulations from her office. 

"Kung regulasyon lang naman then kailangan lang naming pag-aralang mabuti na hindi naman magiging adverse sa ating industry iyung mga panuntunan na aming ipapatupad," she said.

(If it's just regulation, then we only need to study it thoroughly so that what we will implement will not have an adverse impact on our industry.) 

PAGCOR also wants to limit the construction of casinos in Metro Manila to just one area, she said.

Bloomberry Resorts' planned casino in Quezon City, however, already secured a license from the previous administration and clearance from the local government, leaving PAGCOR with its hands tied on the issue, said Domingo. 

The PAGCOR chief said she would require the casino's management to address protests by the Catholic Church and schools when it applies for a notice to proceed. 

Bloomberry, controlled by billionaire port magnate Enrique Razon, operates the Solaire casino resort on the Manila Bay strip.

DZMM, 19 February 2019