Minority leader eyes House probe on POGOs

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Posted at Sep 18 2019 12:09 PM

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A lawmaker has filed a resolution urging the House of Representatives to investigate alleged irregularities in Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) hubs.

Gaming regulators have failed to specify how much the Philippines stands to gain from POGOs, some of which do not settle taxes, said House Minority Leader Bienvenido Abante.

"Nanghuhula lang sila 'pag sinasabing ito ang kikitain ng Pagcor (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation)," he told radio DZMM.

(They are just guessing when they say this is how much Pagcor will earn.)

Lawmakers, he said, should also look into reports that some Pogo workers lack proper permits and whether or not they are allowed to own local real estate properties.

"We need to review even the Pagcor chapter and we need to limit na po ang Pagcor chapter when it comes to online gaming," sai Abante.

There are roughly 138,000 Chinese workers in the internet-based POGO business, according to the initial estimate of an inter-agency task force.

Pagcor has collected almost P4 billion from POGO operations this year, said its Chairperson Andrea Domingo.

DZMM, September 18, 2019