Republic of the Philippines
Congress of the Philippines
Metro Manila

Seventeenth Congress
First Regular Session

Begun and held in Metro Manila, on Monday, the twenty-fifth day of July, two thousand sixteen.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the Philippines in Congress assembled:

Section 1. Section 3(a) of Republic Act No. 9160, as amended, is hereby further amended to read as follows:

“(a) ‘Covered persons’, natural on juridical, refer to:

“x x x

“(8) casinos, including internet and ship-based casinos, with respect to their casino cash transactiotus related to they gaming operations.

“x x x”

Section 2. Section 3(b) of Republic Act No. 9160 is hereby further amended to read as follows:

“(b) ‘Covered transaction’ is a transaction in cash or other equivalent monetary instrument involving a total amount in excess of Five hundred thousand pesos (₱500,000.00) within one (1) banking day; for covered persons under Section 3(a)(8), a single casino transaction involving an amount in excess of Five million pesos (₱5,000,000.00) or its equivalent in any other currency.

Section 3. Sector 3 of Republic Act No. 9160, as amended, is hereby further amended by inserting a new paragraph (l) to read as follows:

“x x x

“(l) For purposes of covered persons under Section 3(a)(8), the following terms are hereby defined as follows:

“(1) ‘Casino’ refers to a business authorized by the appropriate goverment agency to engage in gaming operations:

“(i) ‘Internet-based casinos’ shall refer a casinos in which persons participate by the use of remote communication facilities such as, but not limited to, internet, telephone, television, radio or any other kind of electronic or other technology for facilitating communication; and

“(ii) ‘Ship-based casino’ shall refer to casinos, the operation of which is undertaken on board a vessel, ship, boat or any other water-based craft wholly or partly intended for gambling;

“(2) ‘Casino cash transaction’ refers to transactions involving the receipt of cash by a casino paid by or on behalf of a customer, or transactions involving the payout of cash by a casino to a customer or to any person in his/her behalf; and

“(3) ‘Gaming operations’ refer to the activities of the casino offering games of chance and any variations thereof approved by the appropriate government authorities.”

Section 4. Section 10 of Republic Act. No. 9160, as amended, is hereby further amended to read as follows:

Sec. 10. Freezing of Monetary Instrument or Property.— Upon a verified ex parte petition by the AMLC and after determination that probable cause exists that any monetary instrument or property is in any way related to an unlawful activity as defined in Section 3(i) hereof, the Court of Appeals may issue a freeze order which shall be effective immediately, for a period of twenty (20) days. Within the twenty (20)-day period, the Court of Appeals shall conduct a summary hearing, with notice to the parties, to determine whether or not to modify or lift the freeze order, or extend its effectivity. The total period of the freeze order issued by the Cout of Appeals under this provision shall not exceed six (6) months. This is without prejudice to an asset preservation order that the Regional Trial Court having jurisdiction over the appropriate anti-money laundering case or civil forfeiture case may issue on the same account depending upon the circumstances of the case, where the Court of Appeals will remand the case and its records: Provided, That if there is no case filed against a person whose account has been frozen within the period determined by the Court of Appeals, not exceeding six (6) months, the freeze order shall be seemed ipso facto lifted: Providedfurther, That this new rule shall not apply to pending cases in the courts. In any case, the court should act on the petition to freeze within twenty-four (24) hours from filing of the petition. If the application is filed a day before a no working day, the computation of the twenty-four (24)-hour period shall exclude the nonworking days.

“The freeze order or asset preservation order issued under this Act shall be limited only to the amount of cash or monetary instrument or value of property that the court finds there is probable cause to be considered as proceeds of a predicate offense, and the freeze order or asset preservation order shall not apply to amounts in the same account in excess of the amount or value of the proceeds of the predicate offense.

“x x x.”

Section 5. Section of Republic Act No. 9160 is hereby amended by inserting a new paragraph a read as follows:

Sec. 18. Implementing Rules and Regulations.—

“x x x

“x x x

“Within ninety (90) days from the effectivity of this Act, the AMLC, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and other government regulatory agencies shall jointly promulgate the rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this Act as applicable to casinos as covered institutions. The implementing rules applicable to other covered institiations shall not apply to casinos unless it is expressly so provided under the rules and regulations to implement the provisions of this Act.”

Section 6. Separability Clauses.— If any provision of this Act is declared unconstitutional, the same shall not affect the validity and effectivity of other provisions hereof.

Section 7. Repealing Clause.— All laws, decrees, orders, and issuances or portions thereof, which are inconsistent with the provisions of this Act, are hereby repealed, amended or modified accordingly.

Section 8. Effectivity.— This Act shall take effect fifteen (15) days following its publication in the Official Gazette or in any newspaper of general circulation.

Approved,

(Sgd)
PANTALEON D. ALVAREZ
Speaker of the House of Representatives

(Sgd)
AQUILINO “KOKO” PIMENTEL III
President of the Senate

Senate Bill No. 1468, which was approved by the Senate on May 30, 2017, was adopted as an amendment to House Bill No. 5663 by the House of Representatives on May 30, 2017.

(Sgd)
CESAR STRAIT PAREJA
Secretary General
House of Representatives

(Sgd)
LUTGARDO B. BARBO
Secretary of the Senate


RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE
President of the Philippines

 

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