- Congressman Eric Go Yap is proposing to resume POGO operations in the country to reportedly generate funds to fight COVID-19
- Sen. Kiko Pangilinan called out the current administration regarding the proposal of Cong. Yap
- Pangilinan stated that Filipinos should come first, as they should be the one who must be able to work again and not the Chinese
- PAGCOR Chair also wrote the President to request for POGO operations to resume
ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Eric Yap has been lobbying for the resumption of the operations of the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators, more popularly known as POGO.
KAMI learned that this was revealed by Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez. As per Abante's report, Domiguez stated during a congressional briefing that the question must be addressed to Congressman Yap because he was the one who brought it up. If the congressman brings it up, they have to take it up.
Sen. Kiko Pangilinan, in OneNews' report, also reacted to it and stated the following in response to the proposal of Rep. Yap to resume POGO operations, so that it could reportedly generate funds to fight coronavirus.
"Masyado naman atang malakas ang kapit nitong mga Chinese na operators ng POGO sa matataas na opisyal ng Gobyernong Duterte. Unahin ninyo na makapagtrabaho ulit ang mga kababayan nating Pilipino at hindi ang mga Chinese. Sino ba amo ng Administrasyon na ito? Mag-ayos kayo!"
PAGCOR Chair Andrea Domingo also reportedly wrote the President to recommend the reopening of POGO.
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In a previous report by KAMI, Sen. Hontiveros said that China owes the Philippines billions of pesos as reparations. She also stated that the government should demand unpaid taxes from the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO).
The government is currently under an Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) where non-essential establishments are not allowed to operate. This led to a halt in POGO operations.
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