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Two executives from Imperial Pacific International and one from its contractor MCC International face arrest if they return to U.S. soil after being indicted on 71 counts including, racketeering, international promotion of money laundering, harboring and employing illegal aliens.
Banning online gambling in the Philippines would have little impact on the economy, the country’s central bank governor has said, adding he would prefer the firms to leave the country.
The Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corp (PAGCOR) has said it will stop accepting new applications for offshore online gaming licenses after Beijing called on Manila to crack down on gambling operations targeting its citizens.
The Philippines’ Department of Finance supports the creation of two hubs to house Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators, despite misgivings from Beijing that the plan may violate the rights of its workers in the sector, local media reports.
China has issued a strongly worded statement calling on Manila to protect its citizens working in the country and warned that all forms of gambling involving Chinese gamblers, or targeting the mainland are illegal and will be stamped out.
The Philippines is tightening rules on employment visas for foreigners after surging numbers of workers flocked into the online gaming industry in recent years.
Hong Kong-listed Imperial Pacific will pay $3 million to settle U.S. Department of Labor claims that construction workers weren’t paid minimum wages and overtime, the AP reports, citing court documents.
Imperial Pacific International is facing further disruption at its unfinished Saipan property after new visa regulations further dried up the labor pool available to complete the long-delayed project.
The Philippine Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) is asking for PAGCOR’s assistance in assuring Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) register with the tax department before their licenses can be renewed.
The Philippine market regulator plans to carry out random inspections of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators amidst concern they are employing illegal foreign workers, according to media reports.
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