Wegotmail: On adoption of orphaned Recto Bill abolishing Pagcor so legal Pogos can be phased out and illegal Pogos dismantled

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Pagcor has dismally and irreparably failed to regulate POGOs and other forms of online gaming. We would not have the ongoing POGO crisis if PAGCOR did its job. PAGCOR’s failure is a major cause of the POGO crisis. The decisive solution is to abolish PAGCOR and transfer its regulatory powers to a new Philippine Amusement and Gaming Commission, which is what HB 3559 seeks to accomplish.

I have decided, therefore, to co-author House Bill 3559, filed by former Congressman and former Senator Ralph G. Recto, who now serves as Secretary of Finance. Now that former Congressman Ralph Recto has crossed over to the Department of Finance, his HB 3559 is effectively an orphan.

I have chosen to adopt House Bill 3559 because, among others, it will abolish the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation, transfer its regulatory powers to the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Commission (PAGCOM), and privatize all existing PAGCOR operations and casinos, including all kinds of PAGCOR online gaming.

I chose to adopt HB 3559 so that when the Committee on Government Reorganization and  Committee on Games and Amusement jointly deliberate on it and work on a substitute bill, I can introduce amendments that will effectively phaseout all Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations (POGOs) that were granted licenses by PAGCOR and dismantle all the illegal POGOs that were never granted licenses and whose previous licenses were not renewed.

Through the Committee and the technical working group, I will also introduce amendments that will remove online games on mobile phones and cyberspace that have become electronic means of cybercrime, scams, identity theft, and online theft. 

Rep. Jonathan Keith  “Atty. John” Flores

Second District of Bukidnon

Chair, Committee on Government Reorganization

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