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Spokesman clarifies Duterte’s tirade vs online gambling

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President Rodrigo Duterte chats with Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo after the 5th Cabinet meeting in Malacañan’s State Dining Room in this file photo taken on August 22, 2016. — PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

MALACAÑANG ON Thursday clarified President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s latest remarks on “online gambling,” saying the leader was only referring to operations that do not have permits. In a speech at the Palace last Wednesday, Mr. Duterte said “online gambling” will be “suppressed.” He said, “I do not want gambling. Stop it because it’s not good. Tama na ‘yan (That’s enough),” adding, “Pero ‘yung online-online bingo (But the online bingo), it will be suppressed, no gambling.” In a press briefing on Thursday, Presidential Spokesman Salvador S. Panelo explained, “I think he refers only to the online gambling. Those who have been granted licenses, I don’t think… As far as I know, that refers only to illegal online gambling.” — Arjay L. Balinbin









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