Senator Francis Tolentino has called on the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) toorder e-wallet companies to drop e-sabong operators from its list of online merchants.
In a statement, Tolentino said the BSP should take on a more proactive role after President Rodrigo Duterte ordered a halt on all online cockfight betting activities.
“Since President Rodrigo Duterte already ‘cut the legal umbilical cord’ of the e-sabong industry, the BSP which has the authority over online payment companies should likewise order the removal of the virtual cockfighting features from those e-wallet services,” the senator said.
He said removing the online sabong feature from apps like GCash and Paymaya will avert possible illegal betting from unsanctioned cockfights.
“Kapag inalis mo na iyong (feature) sa mga payment service providers, wala ng makakataya doon sa GCash through cellphone and Paymaya. So wala na. Papaano ka pa mag-a underground?” added Tolentino.
Gambling tycoon Charlie “Atong” Ang earlier said his e-sabong company, Pitmasters Live, takes in between P1 billion and P2 billion in bets daily.
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