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Chinese abducting POGO workers ‘fairly common’ – Makati investigator

Dec 10, 2019 - 4:10 PM

There is an average of one incident a month, says Makati Police Investigation Unit chief Major Gideon Ines Jr

ABDUCTION. A screengrab of the kidnapping on December 9, along Paseo de Roxas in Makati. Screengrab from Riders Fact/Facebook

Chinese woman kidnapped in Makati is POGO employee – police

Dec 10, 2019 - 2:27 PM

(UPDATED) The victim has been identified as Zhou Mei, 28, after her relatives come to the Makati Police to report the incident

Zhou Mei's photo courtesy of Makati Police

Makati to temporarily stop issuing new business permits to POGO service providers

Dec 08, 2019 - 10:42 AM

Mayor Abby Binay imposes the indefinite ban after the recent spike in crimes and prostitution involving foreign workers hired by POGOs

TEMPORARY BAN. Makati Mayor Abby Binay imposes an indefinite moratorium on new service providers of POGOs based in Makati. File photo by Rappler

[ANALYSIS | Point of Law] The OSG and POGOs

Dec 02, 2019 - 7:00 PM

Does the Office of Solicitor General have the power to give advisory opinions to other government agencies like Pagcor?

Duterte gives POGOs 3 days to pay taxes

Nov 29, 2019 - 10:14 PM

Errant POGOs will be shot like 'pugo' or quail, says President Rodrigo Duterte, in his typical threat-making style

PAGE 2019 (the Phil-Asian Gaming Expo) at SMX Convention Center in Pasay on July 12-14, 2019. Photo by Rappler

Malacañang says gov't can collect taxes from POGOs

Nov 19, 2019 - 2:00 PM

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says 'technicalities' will not stop the Duterte administration from collecting what is owed the Philippine government

TAXING POGOs. Malacañang says the Philippine government will not be stopped from taxing Philippine offshore gaming operations. Photo by Rappler

Lawmakers refute ‘misguided’ Calida: Gov’t can tax POGOs

Nov 18, 2019 - 1:35 PM

'The opinion of the OSG is erroneous, misplaced and misguided. It does not serve the interest of the country. Who will benefit from it?' asks Senator Franklin Drilon

TAXES. Lawmakers argue why the government should continue imposing taxes on Philippine offshore gaming operators. File photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

House panel OKs bill slapping 5% franchise tax, 25% income tax on POGOs

Nov 18, 2019 - 1:05 PM

House committee on ways and means chairperson Joey Salceda says imposing additional taxes on Philippine offshore gaming operators would raise P45 billion in government revenue

NEW TAXES. The House committee on ways and means moves to impose additional taxes on Philippine offshore gaming operators. File photo by Rappler

Robredo open to talks with China vs drug smuggling in PH

Nov 14, 2019 - 5:08 PM

Vice President Leni Robredo says it's also important to look into Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) reportedly being used as fronts for money laundering

PROBE THE SOURCE. Vice President Leni Robredo meets with the law enforcement cluster of the Inter-agency Committee on Anti-Illegal Drugs on November 14, 2019. Photo by Charlie Villegas/OVP

DOF backs more taxes for online gambling firms

Oct 22, 2019 - 6:57 PM

Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez supports the plan of Albay Representative Joey Salceda to slap more taxes on Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators and their service providers

Angeles City shuts down Chinese-operated POGO firm

Oct 12, 2019 - 2:58 PM

City Hall closes a POGO company which had no business permit and was not paying business taxes

PAGE 2019 (the Phil-Asian Gaming Expo) at SMX Convention Center in Pasay on July 12-14, 2019. Photo by Rappler

China's expansion

Oct 09, 2019 - 7:33 PM

What the Philippines should watch out for

BIR closes first tax-dodging online gambling firm

Sep 25, 2019 - 11:02 AM

The Bureau of Internal Revenue stops the operations of Great Empire Gaming and Amusement Corporation

Ace Barbers warns POGOs make PH vulnerable to drugs, money laundering

Sep 24, 2019 - 8:14 AM

The chair of the House committee on dangerous drugs says the online gambling industry has the potential to 'revolutionize' the money laundering process

FRONT FOR DIRTY MONEY? A lawmaker cautions against the booming online gambling industry in the Philippines. File photo by Rappler

CIDG 7 chief relieved for leading raid on Cebu POGO

Sep 19, 2019 - 9:51 PM

The Central Visayas' controversial CIDG chief Lito Patay previously led Quezon City's Station 6, known for racking up the most kills in anti-drug operations between 2016 and 2017

RELIEVED. CIDG-7 chief Police Colonel Lito Patay is relieved over heading a raid on a local POGO office. Photo from QCPD Batasan's Facebook page

High risk, high return: House to probe online gambling boom

Sep 18, 2019 - 6:00 PM

House ways and means committee chairman Joey Salceda says they are 'quietly studying' online gambling risks, adding that the industry already comprises nearly 1% of gross domestic product

Over 8,000 foreign POGO workers lack permits – DOLE

Sep 17, 2019 - 5:56 PM

Bureau of Local Employment Director Dominique Tutay says 1,693 have since applied for the required alien employment permit, while a list of 6,678 others who did not was given to immigration

ILLEGAL WORKERS. The Department of Labor and Employment says over 8,000 foreign workers in POGOs did not have required working permits as of June 2019. Photo by Rappler

Online gambling contributes P551 billion to Philippine economy yearly

Sep 17, 2019 - 12:10 PM

Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) now bring more cash to the local economy than business process outsourcing companies, says Leechiu Property Consultants

JACKPOT. A property consultancy firm says online gambling is contributing more cash now more than ever to the local economy. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler


Dominguez orders BIR to shut down tax-dodging POGOs

Sep 15, 2019 - 6:05 PM

'Those who don't pay or respond to your assessments, clamp them down,' says Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III

Duterte won't ban POGOs: 'We need it'

Sep 04, 2019 - 9:19 PM

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is not heeding China's call to ban online gambling operations

ONLINE GAMBLING. The Philippine government wants to better collect taxes from POGOs. Photo by Jeff Digma/Rappler

Villanueva says POGOs are 'fertile ground for illicit transactions'

Aug 28, 2019 - 6:41 PM

'We maintain that the sector does very little to benefit the country,' says the senator

HOT SPOT. Various real estate developers have rapidly constructed buildings in the Bay Area to meet market demand. File photo by Ralf Rivas/Rappler

EXPLAINER: How online casinos hit the jackpot in the Philippines

Aug 27, 2019 - 8:40 PM

Rappler breaks down how online gambling flourished in Manila and why it could be the latest test of the relationship between the Philippines and China


[ANALYSIS] Duterte and the POGO dilemma

Aug 26, 2019 - 4:58 PM

Beijing has asked that POGOs be closed, but their departure would in the near term adversely affect the bottom line of several of the Philippines' largest real estate firms. It's for President Duterte to save the sector.

OFWs in China as spies? 'Preposterous,' says Lorenzana

Aug 18, 2019 - 5:15 PM

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana points out that Chinese companies are mandated to provide intelligence to their government, unlike overseas Filipino workers

DEFENSE CHIEF. Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana (center) with Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Zhao Jianhua (left). Photo from the Chinese Embassy in Manila

Defense chief says Chinese POGO workers can easily shift to espionage

Aug 17, 2019 - 8:11 AM

Chinese online gaming hubs near military camps can eventually spy on them, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana says, but a security expert believes spying is 'the least of worries' that POGOs present

DEFENSE CHIEF. Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana during the Kapihan sa Manila Bay on June 19, 2019. Photo by Lito Borras/Rappler

Stocks to Watch: China's war vs POGOs hits properties

Aug 12, 2019 - 9:30 AM

Properties hit the jackpot when online gambling flourished in Metro Manila. Just how colossal will the impact be if POGOs suddenly go away?


Philippines collects P356 million from POGOs, as China condemns gambling

Aug 08, 2019 - 9:55 PM

The Chinese government wants gambling operators punished, but the Philippines wants to get more taxes from them

POGO hubs would protect Chinese workers' rights – Pagcor

Aug 08, 2019 - 5:25 PM

'When we refer to POGO hubs as self-contained communities, what we mean is that these hubs will have all the basic needs of the foreign employees of POGO,' says Pagcor Chairperson Andrea Domingo

China slams Pagcor proposal to place Chinese workers in 'hubs'

Aug 08, 2019 - 2:09 PM

(UPDATED) China expresses 'grave concern' over the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation’s plan to place Chinese workers in 'self-contained' communities to limit their interaction with locals