Philweb fights to regain lost ground

Almost two years after losing its license in a spat with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, gaming technology company PhilWeb Corp is on a charm offensive to win back lost business with improved content and services. “I hope you will support us,” PhilWeb President Dennis Valdes said as he recently shook the hand of Pastor Albano Jr, a businessman who operates internet-based casinos about 500 kilometres north of capital Manila. “If the price is right,” Albano replies. Valdes gathered dozens of independent game operators from all over the country in May to reiterate a message: PhilWeb is back in business. He wants to win back Albano and others who felt they were the unwitting victims when PhilWeb ran into regulatory troubles. PhilWeb lost its license in August 2016, prompting electronic casino game operators to shift to a unit of rival DFNN Inc.  Albano, the businessman from Laoag City, drove for about 8...

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