Sen. Grace Poe said it is high time that the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) break up its dual role as operator and regulator of the gaming sector.
“We have seen how its conflicting functions have resulted in its failure to do due diligence in the operations of POGOs and e-sabong, which have ushered in crimes and other social ills,” said Poe.
While the government needs revenues, she said generating and maximizing profits are better left to a separate agency if not the private sector.
She said PAGCOR can train its sights to guarantee a level playing field among industry players. She said it can also prevent illegal activities and ensure the people’s welfare is protected from potential social harm.