The constant breach of gambling regulation by China citizens involved in illegal online gambling activities abroad (as players and employees) forced the Chinese government to deliver a protest note through the country’s embassy in the Philippines.
The document published on the embassy’s website urges the Philippine authorities to take severe measures against offshore gaming operators that lure Chinese nationals (who are prohibited to gamble) and even hire them to work at casinos.
The China government’s concern is quite clear as the country loses huge amounts of money going to online gambling casinos that operate illegally in Mandarin. By the way, the problem of recruiting Chinese citizens by gambling establishments has led to the crime level increase, as well as social problem growth in the country. Furthermore, due to the underground banks and payment platforms, these funds leave the country, which creates conditions for money laundering. As Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) and Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) actively use these illegal methods, the Chinese government demands the Philippines to shut them down or at least limit their negative impact on the Chinese economy.
In response to the embassy’s statement, Pagcor official Jose Tria assured that all Chinese citizens working on the corporation (about 140 thousand) would be fired and transferred to their Philippine communities. Such initiative has been well received at the embassy, whose representatives commended the efforts of the Philippian authorities.
As mentioned earlier, the Philippines made progress in combating corruption after the ban on STL operation had been introduced.
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