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Defying China, Duterte decides to keep online gambling in Philippines

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Slot machines glow at a casino in Metro Manila, Philippines, which has emerged as one of Asia's biggest gambling hubs.   © Reuters

MANILA -- Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday said online gambling in the Philippines will continue over vocal opposition from Beijing, which has called for a crackdown on the industry.

Speaking at a televised briefing, Duterte said the industry, which generates billions of pesos in revenues and thousands of jobs, benefits the Philippines. Beijing accuses it of fueling cross-border money laundering and social problems in China.

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