An was on the list because he and some other ex-pats had allegedly been operating an illegal online sports betting site from Manila since 2017 until March this year. The site, known locally as ‘Syrup, Milk, Butter, Sugar,’ targeted South Korean clients back home, leading authorities in Busan to put the offenders’ names on Interpol’s red list.
In line with the instruction of President Rodrigo R. Duterte to put Metro Manila under community quarantine to prevent the further spread of Covid-19, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp is suspending all gaming operations effective immediately.
Illegal operations far outnumber those being regulated, and do not pay tax. Law enforcement bodies and the Chinese government suspect some are fronts for crime, including money laundering.
The Philippine National Police Anti-Kidnapping Group is to host on Friday a summit to address a reported spike in that country in casino-related kidnapping incidents. Most are said to be linked to loan-sharking activities.