Manila: Senator Richard Gordon proposes creation of online gambling regulator

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MANILA - Senator Richard Gordon on Thursday proposed the creation of a new regulatory body for online gambling, leaving the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) to oversee land-based casinos.

The Philippine Online Gaming and Regulatory Authority (POGRA) will be better equipped to oversee the $250-billion industry using new technology, said Gordon.

Gordon spoke at a Senate hearing on an alleged bribe attempt from Chinese casino tycoon Jack Lam.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre said a dedicated online gambling regulator would help eliminate gray areas.

Online games are limited to offshore players, because Philippine gambling laws prohibit Filipinos from gambling through the Internet.

In December, President Rodrigo Duterte urged the closure of online gaming operations in the country.