DILG Urges Facebook to Remove E-Sabong Pages and Accounts
The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has urged Facebook to remove illegal e-sabong pages and accounts on its platform.
DILG thanked the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for answering President Rodrigo Duterte’s order to stop e-sabong operations in the country by immediately ordering banks and all supervised institutions to remove all e-sabong operators from their respective apps.
However, DILG said it must not stop from the banks, but social media site Facebook should also ban pages and accounts associated with e-sabong operations.
DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said he wrote to Meta, Facebook’s parent company, to block the e-sabong pages and also automatically ban all associated Facebook pages and groups that encourage people to do illegal e-sabong.
E-Sabong and Crypto Connection in the Philippines
The Philippine National Police (PNP) identified 12 “e-sabong” websites that are using cryptocurrencies.
“There is no specific registration happening, just like Bitcoin, those are operated by numbers. And once a bettor decides to stop gambling, they can cash out anytime through exchanges – they are using third party exchanges,” said PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG) Head, Lieutenant Michelle Sabino.
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