August 24, 2023 2 min read


Philippines Arrests 1,245 Suspects Tied to Illegal E-Sabong Gambling

The country’s national police has conducted a nationwide crack down on illegal cockfighting gambling, resulting in the arrest of 1,245 individuals

The Philippine News Agency confirmed the news, saying that the country’s police authorities have conducted a massive operation in the period between July 1, 2022, through August 15, 2023, resulting in the arrest of more than a thousand individuals.

E-Sabong Continues to Thrive Despite Police Efforts

The operation is part of the Philippines’ efforts to shutter e-sabong, online cockfighting, which was briefly legalized by former President Rodrigo Duterte but was then outlawed again, as there were community reports about kidnappings directly tied to the activity. Some 34 people have been kidnapped, but this number is a very conservative estimate in the lack of hard numbers.

Although the activity had been outlawed under the previous president, interest in e-sabong did not subside. The arrested individuals have to do with both running and participating in illegal gambling businesses.

“The extensive crackdown on e-sabong illegal gambling underscores our unwavering commitment to the rule of law,” said a police official.

The recent arrests clearly demonstrated the police’s commitment to ensuring that it keeps the community free of illegal gambling and safe from its more pernicious consequences. The crackdown on such operations comes at an interesting time for the Philippines.

The Philippines’ Evolving Gambling Landscape

PAGCOR, the country’s regulator and operator of businesses, is on its way to launch an online casino brand, Casino Filipino, which it hopes will use to channel even more revenue into the state’s coffers. In the meantime, the regulator has also gone after illegal offshore operators that have been running their shops without the appropriate licenses and refused to pay their due fees.

The Philippines was also tied to a recent website hijacking of a domain name in the United States linked to the country’s history, with the domain name being bought out by a casino operating somewhere out of the Philippines.


Although Fiona doesn't have a long-spanning background within the gambling industry, she is an incredibly skilled journalist who has built a strong interest in the constantly growing iGaming network. The team at is glad to have her on our roster to help deliver the best stories as soon as they hit. Aside from writing, she loves to dabble in online casino games such as slots and roulette, both for her own enjoyment and also as research to better improve her understanding of the industry.

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