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IMMIGRATION, TAX CASES JUSTIFY POGO BAN — ABANTE

Manila 6th District Rep. Benny Abante on Wednesday stressed that reports of overstaying Philippines offshore gaming operator (POGO) workers and POGOs failing to remit the proper taxes to the government are “red flags” that the industry cannot be regulated and should be shut down. “The irregularities that have been reported and revealed in legislative inquiries regarding […]

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BARBERS WARNS OF ILL EFFECTS OF POGO OPS IN PH

A ranking House leader warned against the ill effects of the operations of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) in the country, saying that offshore gaming undermines the government’s battle against illegal drugs, graft and corruption, money-laundering, and other gambling-related crimes. Surigao del Norte Representative Robert Ace Barbers, chairperson of the House Committee on Dangerous Drugs, reiterated […]

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‘WHOLE-OF-NATION’ APPROACH VS CRIMINALITY PUSHED

Senator Bato dela Rosa has suggested a “whole-of-nation” approach to end kidnapping and other criminal activities of foreign nationals on Philippine soil. Dela Rosa, the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs, proposed the strategy on Thursday during his panel’s investigation into the alleged rising number of kidnapping cases being carried […]

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POGOS MUST GO, SAYS ABANTE

Philippine offshore gaming operator (POGO) companies bring far more harm than good to the country and must be given the boot. This is according to longtime anti-gambling advocate Manila 6th District Rep. Benny Abante, Jr., who on Monday said:  “The recent spate of crimes involving POGO employees contributes to the growing mountain of evidence that strengthens […]

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LACSON: DIG DEEPER INTO CHINESE DRUG OPERATIONS

Why are some Chinese nationals being bolder in their involvement in drug operations in the Philippines? How long have they been operating here? Do they have connections in government? These are among the questions that the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Dangerous Drugs Board should look into, after a series of anti-drug operations by the […]

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PRESENCE OF YOUNG CHINESE RETIREES IN PH ALARMS GORDON

Senator Dick Gordon has expressed concern that Chinese retirees, mostly 35-year-olds, now compose 40 percent of the total foreign retirees in the country. During the budget deliberation at the committee level for the Department of Tourism and its attached agencies which include the Philippine Retirement Authority, Gordon directed Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo Puyat and PRA […]

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DISCRIMINATION AGAINST CHINESE IS COUNTER-PRODUCTIVE – GATCHALIAN

Discrimination is not right. And Filipinos ought not to be discriminatory. This is what Senator Win Gatchalian stressed in the wake of increasing negative sentiments towards China and the Chinese nationals in this time of the novel coronavirus scare. Gatchalian, who has always believed that discrimination in the country is very low, reiterates that the […]

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SUSPEND ISSUING VISAS TO ALL VISITORS FROM WUHAN, OTHER PARTS OF CHINA – PANGILINAN

As the deadly 2019-novel coronavirus (2019- nCoV) spreads rapidly and claims more lives in its wake, Senator Kiko Pangilinan reiterated his call for the government to suspend all visa issuances to visitors from Wuhan and other areas in China where the deadly virus has spread. “Visa upon arrival lang ang suspended para sa mga Chinese. […]

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CREATE SEPARATE LANES FOR TRAVELERS FROM CHINA – GORDON

Amid reports that the novel coronavirus (2019-nCOV) is now in the country, Senator Dick Gordon has proposed that separate lanes be made in all ports for travelers who are coming in from China for them to be properly screened for possible infection with the deadly virus. “Dapat ‘yung ating airports, kapag napadaan ka o galing […]

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PH REMAINS SAFE FOR TOURISTS AMID REPORTED KIDNAPPINGS – ROMULO-PUYAT

The Department of Tourism (DOT) has assured foreign visitors that the Philippines remains safe to tourists as there is coordination between the tourism department and local law enforcement agencies. The assurance was given by Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat following the reported kidnapping incidents in the country mostly involving Chinese nationals involved in Philippine Offshore Gaming […]