Duterte Orders End of E-Sabong Operations

After a DILG survey.
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President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday said he would order the closure of e-sabong operations in the country, following a survey that gauged the social impact of the online gambling activity.

In a recorded speech that aired on Tuesday morning, Duterte said he approved the recommendation of the Department of the Interior and Local Government to stop e-sabong operations.

He earlier ordered Interior Sec. Eduardo Año to conduct a survey on the social impact of e-sabong.

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"The recommendation of Sec. Año is to do away with e-sabong. He cited the validation report coming from all sources. It's his recommendation and I agree with it, and it is good. So e-sabong will end," Duterte said, noting that the order would come out as early as Tuesday.

E-sabong operations recently made headlines following the reported disappearances of several online cockfighters, for which Malacañang ordered an investigation.

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During the hearing of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs last February, it was revealed that at least 31 individuals who were reported missing by their relatives after they visited cockpit arenas in Manila and Southern Luzon.

Twenty-three senators signed a resolution calling on the Philippine Amusement Gaming Corp. to stop all activities related to e-sabong until the cases of missing cockfighters have been resolved.

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