In a prerecorded Discuss to the Folks on Wednesday, President Duterte stated that he has rejected calls to suspend e-sabong within the nation as the federal government earns billions of pesos from its operations.
The President acknowledged that there’s a robust clamor from congress to suspend e-sabong operations following the disappearance of 34 people concerned in it. Nevertheless, Duterte stated that the operations ought to proceed as the federal government is wanting cash and earns rather a lot from it.
“Ang appeal ko lang sa mga congressman, huwag na lang niyong anuhin iyan, kumikita iyan. Walang nakikinabang diyan ha, except Pagcor and except ‘yung mga malalaking player,” Duterte stated, as reported by the PNA.
Pagcor chair Andrea Domingo instructed Duterte that from April to December 2021, the federal government was in a position to gather round PHP 3.69 billion from the operations of eight e-sabong licensees.
Whereas from January to March 15, 2022, the federal government collected round PHP 1.37 billion from seven licensees.
Two of the eight e-sabong operators have been already suspended for his or her failure to adjust to their “financial obligations.”
As for the lacking sabungeros, Duterte raised the likelihood that a few of them are concerned in “widespread game-fixing.”
The PNP and the NBI are nonetheless investigating.