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Following Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s announcement on the firing of several gaming officials, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation chief Andrea Domingo denied being among them.
The rumours emerged over power abuse claims. PAGCOR chief Andrea Domingo denied that she was among the fired ones and even tried to smoothen the body’s role in the controversy.
Ms Andrea Domingo even stated that President Duterte didn’t even name PAGCOR nor the officials fired and suggested he might have been talking about officials in the freeports, which issue licences in the Philippines as well. That might mean the officials fired worked at the Authority of the Freeport Area of Bataan (AFAB); the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone (APECO); or the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA).
Two PAGCOR officials were fired by President Rodrigo Duterte himself after they were linked to corrupt activities. Both had been accused of abusing their licensing power and angered the chief of state.
“I have fired and will fire tomorrow some more people,” President Duterte said to a local news outlet and added: “When you are granted this free port… and you are beginning to abuse by issuing too many franchises of gambling. It is in the franchise, but everything goes under a regulation. It is rightful to issue permits within your territory, but when you begin to issue gambling permits outside of your territory.”
Source: European Gaming Industry News