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Philippine online casino ban highlights Duterte's unwise China policy

Gambling has brought flood of money but also corruption, xenophobia and threats

| Philippines

Following years of sustained boom, the Chinese-dominated online casino industry is facing a major backlash in the Philippines.

Under pressure from Chinese authorities as well as the Philippine military establishment, the Philippine Amusement Gaming Corp, or PAGCOR, announced earlier this week that it was suspending any new applications for online casino licenses at least until the end of the year.

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