Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang

Beijing has lauded the Philippines’ moratorium on new licenses for online gambling operations targeting mainland Chinese, saying Manila should take a step further and impose a ban.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman said Geng Shuang “we also note the Philippine government’s announcement and appreciate it.”

“We hope the Philippines will go further and ban all online gambling. We hope it will further strengthen law enforcement with China and jointly tackle criminal activities including online gambling and cyber fraud. This will help create an enabling environment for our bilateral relations and peace and stability in the region,” he said in a press conference on Tuesday, Aug. 20

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In reaction, Palace spokesman Salvador Panelo said that for now, online gambling is legal in the Philippines.

“We will have to ask the president on his policy on this,” he said on Wednesday. (