Despite ‘glaring evils,’ why is there no action vs POGOs - VP Leni

Despite ‘glaring evils,’ why is there no action vs POGOs - VP Leni

Vice President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo is berates the Duterte administration’s lack of action despite “glaring evils and corruption” surrounding Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs).

Robredo pose this question to government: why is the administration still not acting on these issues?

Concerns have been piling up to the different crimes linked to POGOs continued to pile up following several investigations conducted by different committees in the Senate.

Vice President Leni Robredo
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“We’ve been calling out these POGOs for more than a year… We’ve been saying that they’re worrisome,” Robredo said in Filipino in her weekly radio show over AM radio station DZXL.

“The evils, the corruption involved have become so glaring, and yet nothing is happening… I don’t know what more we have to wait for before we get into action… We’ve been discussing this for so long.”

The Vice President takes note of the issue surrounding the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) were the administration was very quick to suspend gaming activities due to to “massive corruption.”

“They were shut down without any investigation. In this case, it’s already glaring [yet nothing is being done]?,” Robredo said.

Money laundering, prostitution, and human trafficking are just few of the crimes that have been connected to the POGO’s.

Last month opposition senator Risa Hontiveros was able to uncover the “pastillas scheme” wherein officials from the Bureau of Immigration have been extorting money from Chinese nationals, believed to be POGO workers, in exchange for immediate entry to the country.

“We have seen that so many [illegal workers] have come in because of corruption in the Bureau of Immigration. Why was not this seen when it’s been happening for so long?” Robredo said.

“There have been calls to look into it. And the calls were not to stop it but only to scrutinize it because there were so many suspicious activities,” she added.

“So many crimes have been committed. There have been many victims. But there has been no action taken,” she further said.

The Vice president joined calls to halt the operations of POGOs.

“There have been so many negative effects, so many reasons for us to stop them,” Robredo said. “For me, I hope that action will be taken as soon as possible.”

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