THE Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs recommended the suspension of operations and licenses of e-sabong or online cockfighting until cases of the missing 31 “sabungeros” have been resolved.
During the hearing, Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III pushed for a resolution to urged the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) to suspend all the licenses of e-sabong operators until the authorities find an acceptable conclusion to what’s happening to 31 missing persons.
Senator Panfilo Lacson echoed Sotto’s motion, clarifying that the proposed suspension covers the operations and existing e-sabong licenses of Belvedere Vista Corp., Lucky 8 Star Quest Inc., Visayas Cockers Club Inc., Jade Entertainment And Gaming Technologies, Inc., Newin Cockers Alliance Gaming Corp., Philippine Cockfighting International Inc., and Golden Buzzer, Inc.
Senator Francis Tolentino, meanwhile, added an amendment to the motion as he proposed the temporary removal of e-sabong payment system from the GCash menu.
When no member objected to Sotto’s motion, Senator Ronald “Bato” dela Rosa, who is leading the probe as chairman of the panel, directed the committee to immediately issue the resolution.
“So ComSec, you prepare a resolution addressed to Pagcor to suspend the operation of e-sabon hanggat hindi mabigyan ng linaw itong 31 missing persons,” Dela Rosa said.
Dela Rosa then asked the acting Vice President of E-Sabong Licensing Department of Pagcor, Diane Erica Jogno, present in the hearing if the resolution sits well with the regulatory body.
Responding to the question, Jogno said, “As guided by our top management, we are okay po with the suspending of the operations and we will also seek the approval po from the Office of the President.”
The panel head thanked the Pagcor official, saying that the committee will not adjourn “with a heavy heart.”