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PAGCOR sees rise in illegal online gambling

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has warned the public not to engage in illegal online gambling after a reported increase in cases during the Covid-19 lockdowns.

The warning came after the Philippine National Police Anti-Cybercrime Group (PNP-ACG) conducted an operation against an illegal online bingo operator recently. The operator was one of several illegal gambling operations, which were under surveillance and case monitoring, the regulator said.

PAGCOR said it has seen an increase in reports of illegal online operations being promoted through social media platforms, such as Facebook during the pandemic. 

To further strengthen the fight against unauthorized gambling activities, the state run -gaming regulator will ask for the assistance of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Anti-Money Laundering Council (AMLC) to conduct investigation on banks, remittance services, and payment solutions used as fund conduits for these illegal operations, it said

PAGCOR also said it was asking for cooperation from Facebook to help stamp out illegal operations.

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