Domingo Named To Lead PAGCOR

Andrea Domingo, former head of the Philippines Bureau of Immigration, has been tapped by incoming president Rodrigo Duterte to head the country’s gaming regulator, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.

PAGCOR was headed by Cristino Naguiat, who was appointed by outgoing president Benigno Aquino.

Domingo has also served as a Pampanga congresswoman and general manager and CEO of the Philippine Reclamation Authority, according to local news outlets. The Philippine Star reported that she formerly worked as an organizer of volunteer groups for Duterte’s election campaign.

Arthur Tugade, former head of the Clark Development Corp., has been appointed secretary of the Department of Transportation and Communications. Clark Development Corp. manages the Clark Freeport Zone at Pampanga on Luzon Island north of Manila, the former U.S. air base. The zone hosts a number of small, privately owned casino resorts, reported GGRAsia.

In addition, the Philippine Office of the Ombudsman has filed graft charges against Ephraim Genuino, former chairman of PAGCOR, as well as numerous associates on charges of graft.

Graft charges were filed in connection to the release of P37 million (US$799,740) to the Philippine Amateur Swimming Association for the training of swimmers for the 2012 Olympic Games. Those funds reportedly were used to train the athletes at Trace Aquatic Center, allegedly owned by Genuino.

Besides Genuino, others named as respondents included former PAGCOR President Rafael “Butch” Francisco.