There are great hopes that the Philippines will become a major gambling centre in Asia. Licences were granted by the Philippine authorities to enable major casino operators to develop four integrated casino resorts in Manila. These integrated resorts will make up Manila’s casino area called Entertainment City. Gambling in most of the Philippines is regulated by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation which is owned by the government. The only area outside of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s control is the special area in the north known as the Cagayan Economic Zone and Freeport. In this region gambling licences only cover the tourists staying in hotels in the area so in general Filipinos are not permitted to gamble in casinos there.
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