THE Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) is asking the public to report online cockfighting or e-sabong platforms made available to overseas Filipino workers despite the ban against users abroad.
Online sabong or e-sabong platforms are not allowed to accept bets from outside the Philippines, even if they are from Filipinos.
Applicants for e-sabong operations are required to submit certifications that their gaming websites are not accessible outside the country, and that internet protocol addresses from other countries are blocked from their plat-forms, PAGCOR said in a statement on Thursday.
“The framework further provides for the imposition of administrative penalties to operators who shall fail to comply with set standards and requirements.”
But PAGCOR said it is not oblivious to the fact that some e-sabong websites are still accessible abroad, noting that these are illegal websites operating outside its regulations.
“We thus request the public to report to PAGCOR those websites which are accessible abroad for our proper disposition,” PAGCOR said.
“We likewise continue to remind the public to observe responsible gaming in engaging online games being offered by licensed operators.”
PAGCOR revenues from e-sabong reach up to P400 million each month. — Jenina P. Ibañez