Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Xinhua

Rodrigo Duterte unwilling to ban online gambling despite China’s request, citing damage to economy

  • Online gambling companies, known as Philippine offshore gambling operators (POGOs), are a boon for the local economy, drawing Chinese visitors
  • However, lawmakers and some ministers have called for tighter controls on Chinese visitors, while Beijing aims to crack down on cross-border gambling
Topic |   The Philippines

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Photo: Xinhua
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