Pasig Mayor Vico Sotto has rid his city of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations and E-games/E-Bingo facilities.
Sotto said all establishments with these operations have been closed down.
This was not done abruptly, as he had given these businesses one year to wind up their operations, pursuant to a city ordinance, he said.
According to him, some of the POGOs closed down during his first term as mayor.
As for the E-games/E-Bingo operations, he said their permits expired on December 31, 2023, and the city gave them a month to voluntarily close down their operations.
But there were 18 of them that did not, which was why he ordered the Business Permit and Licensing Department, with police assistance, to shut them down.
Sotto said the city passed the ordinance prohibiting the POGOs and E-games/E-Bingo operations because these do not serve any good purpose.
“Ang dami nang nalulong, meron pang nagpakamatay at kaso ng HUMAN TRAFFICKING na kaugnay nito. Bukod pa ito sa lagayan na nangyayari sa konseho noon,” he said.
Even if they paid taxes, the city would not lose much with their closure, he said.
He also clarified that the outlets of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office for passive gaming like lotto were not covered by the city ordinance.