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Duterte not keen on e-sabong suspension, cites gov't income from games


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E-sabong involves remote betting on cockfights.



MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte said Wednesday that he is not keen on suspending e-sabong, the remote wagering of bets during live cockfighting events, because of the income which the government generates from the industry's continued operations, which can hit up to P8 billion this year.


This comes after the Senate issued a resolution urging the  Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp., through a resolution, to suspend e-sabong operations until the cases of the 31 missing individuals linked to the activities are resolved. 


"Kaya ako, dahan-dahan na hindi muna ako nag-react kaagad na sabihin i-suspend because of the income that the government derives from allowing these kind of games to go online. Ang problema lang kasi, you cannot control the bettors," Duterte said during his recorded "Talk to the People" aired on Wednesday. 


Full Story: https://www.philstar.com/headlines/2022/03/16/2167704/duterte-not-keen-e-sabong-suspension-cites-govt-income-games


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