• ‘Undesirable aliens’ engaged in online casino operations in Clark, Subic


    It is high time that authorities look closely into the immigration status and activities of foreign nationals engaged in unlicensed online gambling operations in Clark Special Economic Zone in Angeles City and Subic Bay Freeport Zone in Zambales.

    My sources at the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) said businessman Jack Lam and his Chinese and Korean friends have been operating their clandestine online casino at the Fontana Leisure and Water Park in the former Clark Field.

    The mafia-like syndicate also carries out its unlicensed operations in the former US naval base in Subic Bay.

    Lam is licensed only to operate land-based casino resorts but he allegedly enjoys the protection of some corrupt officials of the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) in Angeles and the Subic Bay Management Authority (SBMA) in Zambales.

    The Macau-based casino godfather also allegedly has the “right connection” in Malacañang.

    The lack of necessary licenses from PAGCOR renders illegal Lam’s online gambling business although these gambling lords insist that laws are lacking in order to prohibit their operations in the country.

    PAGCOR is mandated by law to regulate all forms of gambling operations in the country, with the exception of those under the jurisdiction of the Cagayan Special Export Zone Authority (CSEZA).

    It should be noted that online gaming licenses are issued provided the operators cater to the overseas market, to operate more like local call centers.

    Neither the CDC nor the SBMA can issue such licenses the same way that PAGCOR can.

    Also, the CDC and SBMA are not mandated to issue work visas the same way the CSEZA can.

    According to well-placed sources, Lam is not authorized to issue “sub-licenses” to any Chinese, Korean nationals or any foreigners to engage in this type of venture.

    National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) officials told me that most foreigners engaged in Lam’s racket are holders of non-business visitor visas and have no work permits.

    NBI, as well as the Bureau of Immigration (BI), have in fact apprehended a number of these foreigners but Lam’s illegal operations have thrived with the protection of CDC, SBMA and Malacañang officials on his “payroll.”

    As more and more Filipinos get hooked to this form of vice, the syndicate has reportedly launched operations in Metro Manila, particularly in Pasig City and Makati City.

    We challenge the Department of Justice under the leadership of Secretary Leila de Lima to take a closer look at this online gambling godfather’s operations under Chinese and Korean nationals, who may turn out to be undesirable aliens.



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    1. It would be interesting to find the link between these illegal workers and the murder of at least 3 people inside the resort. A Korean national, a Canadian both murdered in 2008 and another person presumably Chinese whose body was found burned in 2009 in the resort.

    2. Another ‘angle’ could be the use of Filipino dummies in the gambling operations. There’s also the proliferation of small businesses around the country and allegedly, financed by foreigners with Visitor’s Visa. only

    3. the reason why illegalLY STAYING foreigners continue to operate in the Philippines is not because the foreigners are very brave and adventurous in illegally operating n the country … it is because there is no shortage of corrupt govt officials who will accept grease money and then look the other way while these scumbags from overseas drive Pinoys deeper into poverty

    4. Nancy Bulok Cake on

      When it comes to crimes (even Chinese islandgrabbing) committed in the country by the Chinese, everybody is quiet. The NPAs, Gabriela, Bayan, Bading Roque and other militants are so tameme and quiet that the Filipino people knows what these groups are fighting for. They re fighting for the Chinese. Harry Roque has the big mouth to go against Pemberton but not againts the Chinese. Most especially the Chinese incursions to the Philippines islands. Never did we hear any comment from this Bading lawyer Roque against the Chinese. I hope Roque will stop pretending to be the most nationalistic and smartest lawyer in the country. He is not really that smart. He has only big mouth.