Only 1 POGO so far left Philippines as regulators go after taxes: Palace


Posted at Jul 01 2020 11:39 AM | Updated as of Jul 01 2020 03:44 PM

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Only 1 Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGO) hub has closed so far as authorities seek their full tax compliance, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Wednesday. 

Macau-based Suncity Group is transferring its POGO to Cambodia which is dangling tax incentives to lure back operators it had lost to the Philippines, he said. 

Regulators earlier barred mostly Chinese-run POGOs from reopening in quarantine areas unless they settle all tax dues. 

"Although the President has said that we need all the resources, all the revenues we can derive from, including POGO operations to fund COVID-19 response of the government, I think the bottom line is they need to settle their tax obligations," said Roque. 

Critics of the reopening of POGOs earlier cited alleged crimes linked to the industry, including bribery for the entry of Chinese workers, trafficking, prostitution, money laundering and tax violations, among others. 

Watch his interview here. 

ANC, July 1, 2020