CHINA'S Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang has expressed hope that the Philippines would ban all forms of online gambling and strengthen law enforcement cooperation with his country.
Geng said he appreciated the move of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) to freeze issuance of offshore gaming licenses, but hoped that the Philippines would go further and impose a total ban.
"We hope the Philippines will go further and ban all online gambling. We hope it will further strengthen law enforcement with China and jointly tackle criminal activities including online gambling and cyber fraud," he said in his regular press conference
"This will help create an enabling environment for the development of bilateral relations and peace and stability in the region," he added.
Geng was asked to comment on the suspension of the issuance of offshore gambling licenses in the Philippines after he took a question on a similar move by Cambodia during his regular press conference on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.
A portion of the transcript of the press conference was posted by the Chinese Embassy in Manila on Twitter Wednesday, August 21, 2019.
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's comments on online gambling pic.twitter.com/JLa8HCuF0p— ChineseEmbassyManila (@Chinaembmanila) August 21, 2019