Philippine Appeals Court Finds For PAGCor
By Staff
In the Philippines, the Court of Appeals has thrown out a petition from Internet gaming service provider Sports and Games Entertainment Corporation (SAGE) seeking monetary compensation from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCor) for cancelling its contract to operate online casinos.

In a nine-page decision written by Associate Justice Arcangelita Romilla-Lontok, the Court stated that it had dismissed SAGE’s claim because the verification and certification as to non-forum shopping attached to the complaint were falsified. The State-run gaming corporation also pointed out that Patrick Deakin, the former Chief Operating Officer for SAGE, had disowned a signature on the verification and certification form and asserted the same as falsified.

PAGCor abandoned a deal that allowed SAGE to operate online casinos after the Supreme Court declared its authority to operate Internet sportsbetting and gaming sites null and void. However, SAGE claimed that it had incurred more than $4.4 million in establishing its online casino system and sought compensation.

The Court stated that, without the signature of Deakin on the complaint being filed, SAGE could not as an entity perform the act of signing itself and, therefore, the grievance was not sufficient or credible and warranted dismissal.

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