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Ex-chief claims PH police double as Chinese POGO security escorts

October 13, 2023 Philippines Casino & HotelCrime & Legal

Allegations that some of its personnel have been serving as security escorts for Chinese POGO (Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator) operators are being looked into by the Philippine National Police (PNP). Former PNP head Panfilo “Ping” Lacson brought up the problem for the first time by pointing out the use of upscale automobiles while accompanied by police personnel.

Any police personnel discovered to be acting as security escorts for POGOs will face charges and may be fired, according to Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. He emphasized that accompanying POGOs is prohibited and that police officers should only be used for critical situations.

As the Philippine Amusement and Gambling Corporation (PAGCOR) prepares to publish a list of newly licensed offshore gambling firms, these charges have come to light. In August, PAGCOR put all POGOs in a “probationary stance,” obliging them to go through a rigorous probity procedure in accordance with a new regulatory framework. Alejandro Tengco, Chairman and CEO of PAGCOR, said that 55 to 65 licenses will be granted to offshore businesses. In addition, offshore operators will henceforth be recognized to as Internet Gaming Licensees (IGLs) rather than POGOs.

Original story by: IAG

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