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Philippines to tax foreign online casino workers amid Chinese backlash

Finance department expects at least $418 million in revenue

The administration of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, which has secured billions of dollars worth of economic deals from China, has been criticized by lawmakers and labor groups over its loose immigration policy for Chinese workers.   © Reuters

MANILA -- The Philippines on Monday said it was fast-tracking a process to tax foreign online casino workers in the country, as President Rodrigo Duterte's government moves to raise revenues and fend off a local backlash against the rising number of Chinese workers.

The Department of Finance said it aims to collect at least 22 billion pesos ($418 million) annually from more than 100,000 online gaming industry staff, dominated by Chinese. Currently, many of the workers are believed to be evading income tax payments, partly due to inconsistent government records on their actual count.

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