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PAGCOR Press Statement on Quezon City’s insistence to impose casino entry fees

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PAGCOR Press Statement on Quezon City's insistence to impose casino entry fees
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As Quezon City Vice Mayor Joy Belmonte continues to insist on the imposition of entrance fees to Quezon City residents who wish to play in casinos and other gambling facility in the area, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) underscores several cases and provisions that cite the supremacy of national government over local government units.

First, in “Basco vs. PAGCOR (1991)”, wherein the City of Manila filed a case seeking to annul the PAGCOR charter, the court ruled that Presidential Decree (P.D.) 1869 waived the right of the city to impose taxes and fees. The court decision cited that the power of the local government to impose taxes and fees “is always subject to limitations which Congress may provide by law.”

It furthered that P.D. 1869 remains an operative law, until amended or repealed.

Another case, “City of Cagayan de Oro vs. Pryce and PAGCOR (1994)”, cited that ordinances should not contravene a statute that is obvious. It stated that “municipal governments are only agents of the national government; and local councils exercise only delegated legislative powers from Congress as the national law-making body.” Hence, local government units cannot be superior to Congress from which they derive their powers.

The third case, “Herbert Bautista vs. PAGCOR (2016)”, cited that under its Charter, PAGCOR and its agents are exempted from paying local taxes as P.D. 1869 Section 13 provides that “no tax of any kind or form, income or otherwise, as well as fees, charges or levies of whatever nature, whether national or local, shall be assessed and collected under this Franchise from the Corporation nor shall any form of tax or charge attach in any way to the earnings of the Corporation, except a franchise tax of five percent of the gross revenue or earnings derived by the Corporation from its operation under this franchise.”

The entry fees on the city residents who will enter the casino which the Quezon City local government is contemplating imposing takes the form of “tax” because of its nature to generate revenues. If you are not inclined to pay a tax you can play casino games like BlackJack, Roulette Online or Poker.

However, if the purpose of the imposition of entry fees is to discourage citizens to frequent gaming facilities, such practice is an obvious exercise of police power, and in fact, an encroachment on the function of a national regulatory entity.

PAGCOR, having been granted by Congress with the power to regulate gambling, has the authority to determine the rules and regulations that may deem fit in the regulation of the gaming industry.

If PAGCOR does not find it necessary to impose entrance fees to its clients, then Quezon City’s local government cannot supersede this even if it claims that the imposition of entry fees is only applicable to their constituents.

Besides, if the local government of Quezon City believes that doing such is tantamount only to “safeguarding the welfare of their people”, why did it grant so many Letters of No Objection (LONOs) and Resolutions of No Objection (RONOs) to bingo and other electronic gaming sites in Quezon City?

As of February 28, 2019, there are 97 electronic gaming sites in Quezon City. Of this number, 63 are bingo sites and 34 are eGames gaming sites. This figure does not include the LONO and RONO granted by Quezon City government to Solaire Resort and Casino.

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Overwatch Postpones Seoul Matches Due to Corona Virus Outbreak

Niji Narayan

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The Overwatch League has postponed its scheduled matches in Seoul amid reports that Asia’s virus outbreak is spreading in South Korea.

The league previously postponed matches scheduled for three cities in China this month and rescheduled them for March in Seoul due to the COVID-19 illness. Those matches, along with previously scheduled home dates for the Seoul Dynasty, have now been postponed.

“In order to protect the health and safety of our players, fans, & staff, we are canceling plans to host OWL 2020 matches in South Korea in Weeks 5, 6, and 7, including the Seoul Dynasty home event. We’ll share more info about when and where matches will take place at a later,” Overwatch League said in a statement.

This is the first year for OWL’s unprecedented global schedule including host matches for its 20 city-based franchises in Asia, North America and Europe.

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China Vows to Work with Philippines to Combat Online Gaming Crimes

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China has vowed to work closely with the Philippines to combat cyber-criminal activities arising from Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs), according to a statement issued by the Chinese Embassy in Manila.

“The Chinese side would like to continue to work closely with the Philippines to combat such crimes as telecommunications fraud, illegal online gambling, money-laundering, illegal employment, kidnapping, extortion, torture, murder and the like so as to effectively protect the legitimate rights and interests of nationals of the two countries, and to promote the China-Philippines friendship and cooperation,” said the statement.

The embassy released the statement after local media reported that the Ministry of Public Security of China has cancelled the passports of thousands of Chinese nationals working for the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs).

In order to crack down on cross-border telecom fraud crimes, the embassy said China’s Ministry of Public Security has obtained a list of Chinese nationals suspected of committing long-term telecom fraud crimes abroad, who are classified as the persons prohibited from exiting China according to the Exit and Entry Administration Law of China.

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TVBET will showcase its streaming solutions to the Indian market at SPiCE

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The leading B2B provider TVBET is going to present its suite of versatile live-games at SPiCE India next month. In addition to presenting the existing product line as well as recently released 1Bet, Lucky6, and BackgammonBet, the company will share its experience of new market expansion with the industry representatives.

Thanks to the growing portfolio of widely beloved games, TVBET made remarkable progress in 2019, by starting cooperation with more than 100 casinos and betting operators. Currently, it pursues the goal of global market expansion. This time in Goa, the company experts will be glad to meet igaming experts both local and international to describe what benefits can be achieved through the live-games integration.

Peter Korpusenko, CEO TVBET: “According to our strategy, we see India as a promising igaming market for further growth and can’t ignore the increasing interest in top-notch games from players. Plus, we are actively entering the Middle East region in parallel, which is why we do know what formats for web, mobile, and land-based will bring success to both parties. At SPiCE, we’d like to reveal the full potential of TVBET games, that proved to be excellent”.

In total, the full TVBET’s integration consists of 11 well-known card and lottery games, already helping companies to increase their GGR. All the products are led by the charming presenters and broadcasted online in 4K format.

The SPiCE India conference will be held in Goa, March 25-27, and the company will be presented at stand 1006 during the whole conference.

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