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Philippines' Duterte orders halt on new casinos to prevent oversupply


REUTERS
MANILA
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered a halt on the entry and creation of new casinos to prevent an oversupply in one of Asia's fastest-growing gambling markets, the country's gaming regulator said on Thursday.
The non nonsense Philippine leader ordered a moratorium on January 11"because he did not want the industry to be crowded", Andrea Domingo, chairman of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor), said in a text message.
Pagcor will no longer process applications for gaming licenses following the ban, Domingo said. Four applications for licenses, mostly by local businessmen, are pending with the gaming regulator.
The Philippines, which has one of Asia's most freewheeling gambling industries, recorded 88 billion pesos ($1.71 billion) in gross gaming revenues in the first half of 2017, up 12 percent from a year ago, Pagcor data showed.
Growth was driven by warmer ties with China and increasing foreign visitors.
With gambling banned in many Asian countries, the Philippines has cashed in on growth of the sector, which has created tens of thousands of jobs and helps bring tourists to its malls, beaches and hotels.

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