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Police teams to monitor POGOs to ensure that they follow regulations

By Chito Chavez

Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año on Thursday assured that the full force of the law will be applied to errant Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) found to be non-compliant with the rules and regulations.

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año (Photo from Philippine Information Agency / MANILA BULLETIN)

DILG Secretary Eduardo Año (Photo from Philippine Information Agency / MANILA BULLETIN)

Año in an interview over ANC said that the POGOs have to adhere to the guidelines set by the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Department of Finance (DOF) or run the risk of being padlocked.

“There are certain requirements imposed by the BIR and the DOF for them to comply. If they do not comply, we will not allow them to operate,” Año said.

Año noted that teams of law enforcement units were tapped to look into the areas where POGOs operate to ensure that they follow the laws implemented by authorities.

“We have formed special teams from the law enforcement to check on certain areas where they are operating to ensure their following quarantine rules. If they will violate we will padlock and stop their operations,” Año said.

The government has announced the partial reopening of POGOs despite the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) being enforced in Metro Manila due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

On May 5, authorities arrested 63 Chinese nationals and 13 Filipinos in Barangay Olimpia, Makati City due to illegal POGO operations.


Source: Manila Bulletin (https://news.mb.com.ph/2020/05/07/police-teams-to-monitor-pogos-to-ensure-that-they-follow-regulations/)

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