PAGCOR has oversight of Bataan BPO: DOJ

PAGCOR building

The Department of Justice (DOJ) has advised the Authority of the Freeport of Bataan (AFAB) that all online gaming-related operations based within the special economic zone are subject to the regulatory authority of PAGCOR. AFAB chairman Emmanuel Pineda had sought the opinion of the DOJ as he believes that GICC’s handling of BPO operations for international gambling sites meant no actual gaming operations were happening within the AFAB. However, DOJ Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre maintained that despite being limited only to foreign markets, GICC’s operations are to remain under PAGCOR’s authority. PAGCOR’s POGO program was part of government efforts to impose stricter authority over online gaming operations in special economic zones.