Speaking about the importance of maintaining a regulated gambling industry and the dangers of prohibition, Domingo highlighted that the latter has the potential to create the gambling equivalent of a narco-state, with the revenue generated by illegal gaming acting to undermine government institutions.
“The very big danger of not legalising gambling is that the illegal gambling lords become very powerful …and then they can select who will sit in local government offices. If that happens, then you have no control, it’s like having an narco political system, only here [instead] it’s an illegal gambling political system,” she explained. “Now can you imagine, if you generate PHP100bn ($1.9bn), how rich these gambling lords would be and how influential they can be in [the] third world. So I think our past administrations have been very good, and have been able to see how dangerous illegal gambling money can be.”