“Sabong” or the placing of bets on live cockfighting is an established tradition in the Philippines that dates as early as three thousand (3,000) years ago. The gaming activity is essentially placing two roosters/cocks in an arena and betting on which between the two comes out victorious. Regulation of live cockfighting in cockpit arenas is regulated by the Local Government Unit concerned. On the other hand, regulation of online sabong or eSabong is regulated by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation pursuant to the PAGCOR Charter which fact was clarified by the Office of the Solicitor General and the Department of Justice.
eSabong is defined as the online/remote or off-site wagering/betting on live cockfighting matches, events, and/or activities streamed or broadcasted live from cockpit arena/s licensed or authorized by the Local Government Units having jurisdiction thereof.
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s E-Sabong regulatory function is undertaken primarily by the E-Sabong Licensing Department (ESLD). This includes the development of the regulatory framework, processing of applications, issuance of licenses to conduct E-Sabong operations, and other related tasks.
Should you need additional information, you may email us at E-Sabong@pagcor.ph
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