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Andrea Domingo faces raps for attempting to monopolize online gaming

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Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) Chairperson Andrea Domingo faces a complaint before the Office of the Ombudsman for allegedly monopolizing the online gaming industry.

The Anti-Trapo Movement (ATM) filed the complaint against Domingo whom it accused of committing graft and violating the Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees.

The case stemmed from the PAGCOR’s decision to seek another legal opinion about online gaming licenses operating outside the Aurora Pacific Economic Zone and Freeport (Apeco).

The Office of the Government Corporate Counsel (OGCC) acted on PAGCOR’s request last July for legal advice and ruled that online gaming firms with Apeco licenses can operate outside the economic zone.

The ATM pointed out the OGCC has exclusive authority to handle legal matters concerning government-owned and controlled corporations.

“With clear malice and intent to monopolize the online gaming business, Domingo and her cohorts sought another legal opinion, this time from the Office of the Solicitor General, which reversed the GOCC’s decision,” the group complained.