If elected president, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso is not inclined to halt the operations of online cockfighting in the country.
The presidential aspirant however prefers to regulate online cockfighting or e-sabong, conceding that gambling will exist whether or not it is legal.
“Kung talaga siyang problema, legal o ilegal, mananatili siyang problema at mag-e-exist siya kahit siya ay ilegal, mano pa all these things must be regulated,” he said during the KBP forum of presidential candidates on Friday.
“I would rather put them in a legal manner or under the authority and supervision of the state ,” he said.
Under government regulation, the Manila mayor said authorities could monitor the conduct of e-sabong industry.
“With or without regulation, it seems based on question na ito ay nag-e-exist mano dapat pumasok ang estado sa sitwasyon na ito,” he said.
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR) earlier said that e-sabong brings in about P400 million in monthly government revenues. Six e-sabong companies are currently operating in the country.