The Philippine gaming regulator issued a statement Tuesday warning against the spread of “without permission” of websites using the logo “to mislead the public that their activities are linked to licensed offshore games in the Philippines.”
The update quotes Alejandro Tengco, chairman and chief executive of the Philippine Play and Gaming Company (Pagcor), saying the public should “pay attention” when accessing these online gaming websites “because it could pose a risk to personal and financial information.”
In a separate ad, the regulator warned the public against “fake sites” using the “old Pagkor logo.” Pagkor unveiled a new corporate logo in July.
“Until now, we have been able to shut down most of these illegal websites, but we really need public cooperation and vigilance to help get rid of these scammers because some of them can instantly create new ones,” Mr. Tengko said in an update on Tuesday.
The Pagcor chief said other measures were being taken, including “continuing to work with law enforcement and electronic payment service providers to explore the possibility of blocking payments from illegal gambling sites.”
He said this approach “has proven effective in the United States and Singapore.”
“We will work with the National Communications Commission to continuously track illegal sites that have not been blocked or demolished,” Mr. Tenko added.
In a statement Tuesday, Pagcor called on the public to immediately report “unauthorized use” of the logo, as well as “misrepresentation of certification.”
It also urged the public to check the list of existing Philippine offshore game operators (POGOs) on Pagcor’s official website, then access the online game website and “report illegal offshore game operations immediately.”
Pagcor said last month that all licensees and service providers linked to the country’s POGO must reapply for a license by September 17.