The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) is calling on Facebook to block or ban pages and accounts supporting e-sabong operations in the country.
The agency said Facebook should follow how Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) approached the problem.
“Malaking bagay ang ginawang direktiba ng BSP na ipatanggal ang e-sabong sa listahan ng mga maaaring bayaran sa e-wallets tulad ng G-Cash at PayMaya. Salamat, BSP, sa mabilis na aksyon at pagtugon sa utos ng Pangulo,” Secretary Eduardo Año said in a statement Monday (May 30).
“Inaasahan namin na makikiisa rin ang Facebook sa pagpapatigil ng e-sabong sa pamamagitan ng pag-block sa mga e-sabong accounts o pages,” he added.
The central bank last week ordered all financial firms to remove e-sabong accounts under its bills payment feature in keeping with President Rodrigo Duterte’s directive to stop such operations.
DILG Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya said he has already written to Meta, Facebook’s parent company, for an automatic ban covering seven e-sabong-related pages identified by the PNP Anti-Cyber Crime Group.
“We hope that Facebook will immediately suspend or block pages devoted to illegal sabong as fast as they suspend pages that allegedly violate their community standards. I presume that engaging in illegal activities is a violation of FB’s standards,” the letter read.