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BONG GO BACKS CALL TO STOP POGO OPS IN PH

If they continue to cause problems, Senator Bong Go has expressed support for calls to halt Philippine offshore gaming operators’ (POGO) operations in the country, emphasizing the importance of peace, order, and the security of Filipinos. “Sabi ko nga, kung nagbibigay problema naman po sa peace and order ay maaring pwede na pong i-phase out […]

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ABANTE: HEED CLAMOR OF BIZ GROUPS TO JUNK POGOS

Following calls from the country’s top business groups to phase out Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs), Manila 6th District Rep. Benny Abante, Jr. on Wednesday urged fellow legislators and the Executive Department to heed “the growing clamor from the business sector, our economic managers, and citizens to ban POGOs due to the adverse effects their […]

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GOV’T MUST DECIDE ON POGO REGULATION – NOGRALES

The government will have to decide whether it can root out the bad to preserve the good in the Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO) industry. This was what House Committee on Labor and Employment chair and Rizal 4th District Rep. Fidel Nograles had to say after his committee’s first meeting on Wednesday on an inquiry, […]

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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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GOV’T TOLD: PROBE ONLINE GAMBLING’S ‘SOCIAL COSTS’

The government should study the social costs of online gambling in the Philippines, not just the social costs of allowing Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) in the country. This was stressed on Friday by Manila 6th District Rep. Benny Abante, Jr., who said the recent spotlight on the negative impact of POGOs “should also be […]

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BAN POGO IN PH – BARBERS

Surigao del Norte Representative Robert Ace Barbers lauded the stance taken by a Filipino-Chinese anti-crime group for its strong support to ban Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) in the country due to their huge tax revenue shortfall and involvement in crimes. Barbers’ long-held crusade against POGOs started way back in November 2019 when he assailed […]

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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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PIMENTEL TO PALACE, CONGRESS: BAN POGOS NOW

Senate Minority Leader Koko Pimentel III welcomed the pronouncement of fellow Senator Imee Marcos that President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos is considering a ban on Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) in the country.  “It’s a welcome development. Coming from the President’s sister herself, I would like to believe that we are moving in that direction of […]

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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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VILLANUEVA TO PAGCOR: NAME 15 DELINQUENT POGOS

Senator Joel Villanueva said he sees no reason why the Commission of Audit (COA) or the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) should withhold the names of the 15 Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) who owe the government some P1.365 billion in unpaid license fees. Villanueva said the government should not allow these 15 POGOs […]