THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has directed the Philippine National Police (PNP) and local government units (LGUs) to implement a crackdown on illegal e-sabong following reports that several companies were operating without franchises or licenses in violation of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte's directive."DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año has directed the PNP Directorate for Operations, the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group and all PNP units nationwide to put a stop to these illegal e-sabong operations that reportedly sprouted after the President shut down the Pagcor-licensed operators," said Interior Spokesman and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya in a statement Saturday.Pagcor is the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp.Malaya said that a similar directive was issued to LGUs with the help of the Anti-Cybercrime Division of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)."These illegal e-sabong outfits are operating without licenses or franchises from the national or local governments and are not remitting a single peso in revenue to the state," he said.Malaya asked the public to "immediately contact your nearest police station if you know where the studios of these illegal e-sabong operations are so we can put a stop to it. If you also know who the operators are, please contact your nearest police station or CIDG office."He also warned the public on the betting risk in these firms because they are unregulated.