Further investigation has revealed that illegal online gambling sites now cater to a growing clientele among overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) and immigrants all over the world.
So just like those Internet-based virtual casino sites geared at Chinese markets in mainland China, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore, the Filipino online gaming operations are now a multi-million dollar industry.
A case in point is that of salpukan.com, which has become increasingly popular among OFWs, particularly sabong (cockfighting) aficionados, who are able to watch and place wagers between fighting cocks during live-streaming of sultadas or cockfight matches.
On Monday, I exposed the illegal operation of salpukan.com, which has become the latest craze among young people, including high school and grade school students.
Aside from live-streaming of cockfighting events, salpukan.com also offers card games like baccarat and EZ2 or “last 2” lotto.
Most clients establish their salpukan.com accounts and place their bets through money transfer or pera padala.
It is also through money transfer that they collect their winnings on their “lucky days.”
But a number of parents freaked out upon learning that their kids are now addicted to these vices, thanks to illegal online casino operators like salpukan.com owner “Cire Valdez,” who is reportedly based in a resort in Clark Field, Angeles City, Pampanga.
A quick check with the Cagayan Economic Zone Authority (CEZA), which is mandated by law to issue licenses for online gaming in the country, confirmed that no license has been issued to Valdez’ salpukan.com.
CEZA ensures that licensed online gaming operations cater only to offshore or clientele overseas.
The Clark Development Authority, which is also in charge of giving permits and licenses for casinos and other forms of gambling inside this special economic zone, has not authorized Valdez’s operations.
The Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), meanwhile, said only they can operate all forms of lottery in the country including the “last 2” or “EZ2” game. Clearly, salpukan.com cannot hide behind PCSO’s name for its illegal trade.
This gambling lord Valdez even maintains a stable of sexy female customer service representatives (CSRs) who constantly entertain clients, called “kasalpukan” or “kalaro,” through their individual Facebook accounts.
He has apparently been cheating the government of millions of pesos in uncollected taxes for a number of years now.
My source estimates Valdez and his cohorts make three to five million pesos a day easily as bets could go as high as $1,000 per cockfight or per card deal.
We are, therefore, calling the attention of the BIR, as well as concerned law enforcement agencies like the National Bureau of Investigation and the Criminal Invetigation and Detection Group regarding these illegal online gambling operations.
This must be stopped!!!
Kudos to ‘Sec. Abala’
We would like to commend Transportation Secretary Joseph Abaya for his hard work in “solving” the “tanim-bala” problem, once and for all.
The solution: Abaya and his gang have reportedly barred news media from covering areas at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) where the “tanim-bala” extortion racket takes place.
Abala… este, Abaya insists that the controversy over the involvement of the Office of the Transport Security has been “blown out of proportion.”
Six months to go till this inutile and insensitive administration goes to hell.
How many more innocent people would fall prey to these airport crooks?
‘Lumad’ remind us of ‘who we are’
Displaced lumad (indigenous people) from Mindanao now camped at Liwasang Bonifacio in Manila face violent police dispersal if they do not clear the area in time for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting of world leaders.
It is sheer hypocrisy and oppressive to use police force just to hide from foreign money lenders the true state of impoverished Filipinos during the APEC summit.
Badjaos and other lumad were driven out by extreme economic hardship and violence ifrom their ancestral lands in Mindanao.
Those narrow-minded bigots in the Palace dislike the fact that these indigenous and minority tribes strongly remind us of who we are as Filipinos.
It’s a shame that Noynoy Aquino’s inutile administration would rather use policemen to aggravate the lumad suffering but it coddles smuggling, illegal gambling, illegal vendors, colorum public utility vehicles, illegal trafficking and tanim-bala racketeers.