Chinese Embassy supports Philippine efforts to address POGO-related issues

Jenny Ortiz 1 month ago
Chinese Embassy supports Philippine efforts to address POGO-related issues

The Embassy of China in the Philippines has issued a statement expressing its endorsement of the Philippine Government‘s efforts to address the underlying issues associated with Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs). This statement follows the recent arrest of a Chinese national during a raid in Taguig City, highlighting the Embassy’s commitment to cooperating with Philippine law enforcement agencies on matters related to POGOs.  

In a statement released on Thursday, the Chinese Embassy underscored that gambling in any form is illegal according to Chinese law. The Embassy reiterated the Chinese Government’s opposition to and crackdown on Chinese nationals involved in gambling businesses abroad, emphasizing the importance of abiding by local laws and regulations. 

The recent arrest of a Chinese national in connection with the POGO business, along with the seizure of high-powered firearms during a raid in Taguig City, underscores the ongoing concerns surrounding POGO-related criminal activity. The discovery of weapons and other incriminating items highlights the seriousness of the issue and the need for concerted action. 

Crackdown on illegal activities linked to POGOs 

The apprehension of individuals offering bribes to police officers further underscores the gravity of the situation. The attempted bribery, along with the initial arrest, demonstrates the challenges posed by illegal activities associated with POGOs and the importance of robust law enforcement measures to address them effectively. 

PAGCOR’s authority over POGO 

Last month, the Supreme Court of the Philippines has dismissed multiple petitions challenging PAGCOR’s authority to enforce regulations on POGOs.  The High Court rejected consolidated petitions from various groups and individuals on procedural grounds. These petitions contested the legality of regulations governing the licensing, accreditation, and registration of offshore gaming operators, agents, and associated service providers.   

New regulation for POGO industry 

Meanwhile, last year, PAGCOR introduced a new regulatory framework for offshore gaming companies. PAGCOR wants to ensure that only compliant operators are granted licenses in the country. 

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