Anti-graft watchdog says PAGCOR disrespecting Supreme Court

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp has shown “shameless disrespect to the Supreme Court” by ignoring decisions that the gaming regulator had no legal authority over online gaming, local media reports an anti-graft organization as saying.

The Anti-Trapo Movement Inc. said PAGCOR, under Chair Andrea Domingo, has deliberately ignored a landmark decision from Jan. 2004 in a case known as Sen. Robert Jaworski vs Pagcor.

Anti-Trapo founding chair Leon Peralta cited that prior to Domingo’s watch, Pagcor had consistently adhered to the SC ruling.

“But for reasons known only to herself and probably her cohorts, the Domingo-led Pagcor made their own interpretation of the Pagcor charter and arrogated upon themselves the powers to administer online gaming in the country in blatant violation of Presidential Decree 1869 and other pertinent laws particularly Republic Act 9487,” Peralta was cited as saying.

Peralta said that under the law, only the economic and freeport zones specifically the Cagayan Economic Zone and Freeport Authority and the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport Authority had the legal authority to exercise administrative powers over online gaming activities in the Philippines.