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PNP and local governments keep an eye on betting stations and cockpit venues vs. e-sabong.

MANILA – Secretary of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Eduardo Ano said on Wednesday that local government units (LGUs) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) will be monitoring betting stations and cockpit arenas that operate as e-sabong in their areas.

The DILG, according to Ano, would immediately carry out President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s directive to cease e-sabong operations nationwide.

“Ito naman ay tulong-tulong yung mga bawat ahensya natin,” says the narrator. PAGCOR (Philippine Gaming Corporation) is the entity in charge of issuing licenses, permits, and franchises. (This is a coordinated effort of concerned government agencies.) Paglabas ng memorandum galing kay ES (Executive Secretary) ay canceled na lahat (e-sabong) yan. The licenses, permits, and franchises were issued by PAGCOR. This is automatically invalidated whenever ES issues the memorandum),” Ano remarked in a radio interview.

He warned that authorities would make rounds of e-sabong retailers and cockpit arenas where e-sabong is recorded and streamed to ensure that they were shut down.

“Binaba na natin ang ating kautusan sa mga LGUs. So, LGUs, kung saan yung mga betting stations na yan at yung mga cockpit arena, alam ng ating kapulisan. (Our order has already been sent to the local government units.) As a result, our police and local government units (LGUs) are aware of the locations of the betting stations and cockpit arenas. We’ve already compiled a list), “he stated

He added anybody who disobey President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to shut down e-operations sabong’s will be arrested.

He stated that the President’s directive is legal even if there are no implementing rules and regulations (IRR), stressing that the Executive Secretary’s memorandum will suffice.

PAGCOR has allowed six businesses to conduct e-sabong operations beginning in April 2021 as of March 8, 2021.

According to PAGCOR data, the government received PHP3.69 billion from the gaming operations of eight e-sabong licensees from April to December 2021.

A total of PHP1.37 billion was collected from the operations of seven licensees between January and March 15, 2022.

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