Duterte not shutting down POGOs – spokesperson
Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 8) — President Rodrigo Duterte is not shutting down Philippine offshore gaming operators despite multiple allegations of crimes linked to their operation, his spokesperson said Sunday.
“Wala namang reason para i-shut down. Ano bang reason para i-shut down?” Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo told CNN Philippines, adding that the allegations have yet to be proven.
[Translation: There’s no reason for a shutdown. What reason is there for a shutdown?]
In recent months, Chinese nationals working for POGOs have been tagged in a wide range of criminal activities, including corruption, money laundering, bribery, tax evasion, kidnapping and sex trafficking.
In view of these allegations, Panelo had previously said Duterte may order POGOs to halt their operations, in the same way he declared lotteries illegal over “massive corruption.”