Rappler's latest stories on Philippine offshore gaming operations
'Hangga't hindi nagmamatigas ang gobyerno na dapat silang magbayad ng buwis, I don't think magbabayad sila ng buwis,' says Senator Joel Villanueva
'Imbes na online sellers, baka puwedeng singilin muna ang mga POGO na may P50 billion in unpaid taxes?' asks Senator Risa Hontiveros
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Under the guidelines and requirements of the Bureau of Internal Revenue, POGOs must show proof of full tax compliance before they are allowed to resume operations
Of the arrested Philippine offshore gaming operations workers, 63 are Chinese while 13 are Filipino
Senator Risa Honriveros also slams Pagcor for releasing a full-page ad on POGOs, asking why the regulatory body is doing public relations for them
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation says revenue generated from them can be used to fund the government's coronavirus response
'As everything Chinese, POGOs, along with their breeder, should have been held off at the first instance — held off, pandemic or no pandemic, at a social distance of no less than the entire breadth of the West Philippine Sea'
'We have to continue calling attention to these kinds of discrepancies,' Supreme Court Associate Justice Marvic Leonen
'IT-enabled jobs BPO companies create are of much higher value, requiring a range of technical, domain, and soft skills,' says the IT and Business Process Association of the Philippines
Funds collected by the government from POGO establishments will be used to boost the fight to curb the coronavirus pandemic, says the Duterte spokesman
(UPDATED) Pagcor chief Andrea Domingo says Philippine offshore gaming operations are technically business process outsourcing (BPO) companies whose bettors are overseas
Cops arrest 44 Chinese and 9 Filipinos in a house in Parañaque that was being used to run an illegal POGO operation
It would be up to the Bureau of Internal Revenue to decide whether to allow POGOs, which are linked to tax evasion and other alleged crimes, to operate again
'Most of them also don't pay taxes,' says Senator Joel Villaneuva
The booming property sector in the Philippines fueled by Chinese gambling money hits a snag, as the coronavirus pandemic stops POGO operations
POGOs were previously sanctioned for not paying taxes
Pagcor allows POGOs to continue operating, but with only a minimal number of workers
The Anti-Money Laundering Council flags the lack of transparency and low level of awareness of rules in the online gaming industry
'Under my oath of office as President of the Republic, as elected by you, 'yang POGO na 'yan, malinis 'yan,' says President Rodrigo Duterte
(UPDATED) Are there undercover Chinese military agents among POGO workers entering the country? Military and intelligence community sources say they've been here all along.
'You cannot be burning the entire house just because there are so many rats there,' says Panelo of the President's decision to keep POGOs despite alleged crime links
Halimbawa ito ng gangster mentality ng mga opisyal natin na nag-aasam ng mabilis na kita kapalit ng ating katinuan at kaluluwa
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo says President Rodrigo Duterte's decision is also based on the need to fund government projects
'Why are we so in love with POGOs?' Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon asks sarcastically
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo also says the President's decision to suspend lotto operations in 2019 – widely criticized as done in haste – should not be compared to his perceived slow action on calls to suspend POGO operations
PNP deputy director for operations Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar says the increase in crime is related to the number of Chinese who have arrived here
The Armed Forces of the Philippines is verifying a raw report from Senator Panfilo Lacson that up to 3,000 members of China’s military are in the Philippines on an ‘immersion mission’
'The social problems that POGO has brought to our country is not worth the relocation fees that you earn for Pagcor. Let me tell you that right in your face,' says Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon
Villagers say it's suspicious that a new firing range has popped up near their club house as droves of able-bodied Chinese nationals move into their neighborhood
The Chinese embassy says criminal cases in the country involving its citizens are only 'isolated incidents'
The Senate probes alleged money laundering, crimes, and other nefarious activities associated with POGO operations
'That's why there is some tolerance. Takot sila eh. Hindi nila alam. 'May deal ba si boss dito? May deal ba ang Presidente dito? Pinagbibigyan niya itong mga ito',' says Senator Richard Gordon
(UPDATE) Here's a rundown of issues hounding the opaque Philippine offshore gaming operations industry
(UPDATED) ‘Hindi ‘nyo po talaga ako makukumbinse na okay ang POGO para sa Pasig City,’ says the mayor as he warns his own bureaucracy against ‘negotiating’ with illegal business operators
There are reports that China has canceled the passports of thousands of Chinese working for Philippine offshore gaming operators
'Kakapal ng mukha!' Indignant at owners of a permit-less restaurant, the Pasig mayor offers to help the Bureau of Immigration track down and deport illegal workers and businessmen in the city.
Synchronization Anywhere for You Incorporated is the first POGO firm to be padlocked by the Bureau of Internal Revenue
Does the President exempt Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, a former Davao police chief, from accountability for the bribery scheme that let illegal Chinese workers slip into the country?
Whistleblower Allison Chiong says immigration officers in NAIA Terminal 1 receive as much as P20,000 a week in the bribery scheme
President Rodrigo Duterte found 'probable cause' to investigate allegations that immigration officers have taken bribes to let illegal Chinese workers slip into the country, says his spokesman
Bureau of Immigration spokesperson Dana Sandoval says the officials 'were removed from their posts due to command responsibility' while the BI investigates the alleged 'pastillas' scheme for arriving POGO workers
In a modus called 'pastillas,' POGOs pay P10,000 per person and provide free lunch to get VIP treatment
(UPDATED) The senator confronts immigration officials at a hearing after an informant alleges that the entry of POGO employees is facilitated for P10,000 per person
(UPDATED) Senator Risa Hontiveros says they have yet to check if the Michael Yang name-dropped by POGO owners is President Duterte's former 'economic adviser'
Conflicting employment figures, unpaid taxes, and rising crimes lead Senate labor committee chair Joel Villanueva to recommend suspending online gambling in the Philippines
Senator Risa Hontiveros says photos of trafficked women are being passed around in WeChat and Telegram chat groups, where there are 'menus of services, as though in a restaurant'
The predominantly Chinese industry is also told by Philippine regulators to 'exercise extreme caution' in hiring new employees amid the spread of the novel coronavirus in several countries