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VILLANUEVA TO BIR: GET P50B POGO PENDING TAXES

With the government scraping its coffers to help provinces battered by Typhoon Rolly, Senator Joel Villanueva again reminded revenue generating agencies to shore up tax collection, beginning with exiting Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGO) firms which have some P50 billion in tax deficiencies. Villanueva urged the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) to ensure that it collects […]

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VILLANUEVA WELCOMES CHARGES AGAINST BI PERSONNEL LINKED TO ILLEGAL FOREIGN WORKERS

Senator Joel Villanueva welcomed the filing of administrative and criminal charges against Bureau of Immigration (BI) personnel who allegedly facilitated the entry of illegal foreign workers who were eventually employed by Philippine offshore gaming operations (POGO) firms. Villanueva lamented that the surge of illegal foreign workers in the country had been enabled by no less […]

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MAKE EXITING POGO COMPANIES PAY TAXES OWED – VILLANUEVA

The reported exodus of Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO) due to tax issues shows how little, if at all, are their economic contribution to the country, especially with their unwillingness to pay the correct taxes, Senator Joel Villanueva said. At every instance when legislators called out POGOs for violating the country’s laws, the government bent […]

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PROBE PAGCOR FOR LOBBYING FOR POGO ECQ EXCEPTION – PANGILINAN, HONTIVEROS

Senators Risa Hontiveros and Kiko Pangilinan is calling for a Senate inquiry in aid of legislation into the alleged lobbying by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) to exclude Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) from the strict coronavirus disease (COVID-19) quarantine measures. Senate Resolution No. 396 comes after the gaming regulator allowed POGOs to […]

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ABANTE FILES HOUSE BILL TO MAKE PH A ‘NO-POGO ZONE’

A bill recently filed by House Minority Leader Benny Abante Jr. seeks to declare the whole country a “no-POGO (Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations) zone,” prohibiting the operations of an industry the bill calls a “social menace and a source of unimaginable corruption.” House Bill Number 6701 or the Anti-POGO Act of 2020, expressly prohibits the […]

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HOUSE LEADER BUCKS POGO REOPENING AMID COVID-19 OUTBREAK

House Minority Leader Benny Abante Jr. has slammed plans to allow Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) to operate in the country as it grapples with the Covid-19 outbreak, categorizing the move as “premature and unwise given our experience with this industry.”“The reopening of POGOs, according to the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), is contingent […]

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DEPORT 44 ARRESTED CHINESE NATIONALS, KEEP POGOS CLOSED — ABANTE

House Minority Leader Benny Abante Jr. on Tuesday urged the Bureau of Immigration (BI) to deport the 44 Chinese nationals who were arrested during a raid on an illegal Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) center in Parañaque City, as he again cautioned the government against lifting the ban on POGOs during the Enhanced Community Quarantine […]

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REJECT CALL FOR RESUMPTION OF POGO OPERATIONS – PANGILINAN

On efforts to resume operations of Philippine Offshore Gambling Operators (POGOs) initiated by administration officials and allies, Senator Kiko Pangilinan lamented the prioritization of the welfare of China in the guise of “boosting state funds” for the fight against COVID-19. Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) Chairman Andrea Domingo recently said she had written President […]

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GOVT TO SEND CONFLICTING SIGNALS ON ECQ IF POGOS RESUME OPERATIONS – ABANTE

“Resolve issues first, allow operations later.” This sums up the position of House Minority Leader Bienvenido “Benny” Abante Jr. regarding Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) resuming operations in the Philippines. “Gambling, in all shapes and forms, is not essential. It is a vice.” The lawmaker on Wednesday cautioned government against allowing POGOs to reopen given […]

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POGOs CLOSED DURING COVID-19 QUARANTINE – NOGRALES

Operations of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) are temporarily suspended while the enhanced community quarantine to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is being enforced in Luzon, a Palace official said. Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said that aside from malls and hotels, the operation of POGOs are also suspended until COVID-19 situation in the country […]