PAGCOR Chair Tengco, ikinwentong sinamahan ni Roque si POGO rep Ong sa kanyang opisina noong 2023

PAGCOR Chair Tengco, ikinwentong sinamahan ni Roque si POGO rep Ong sa kanyang opisina noong 2023

- Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) Chairman Alejandro Tengco told a senate panel on Wednesday, July 10, that Atty. Harry Roque allegedly liaised for POGO Lucky South 99

- He also alleged that Roque used to liaise for the POGO, based on Rappler's report and the video taken by the news outfit during the hearing

- In addition, Tengco claimed that the former cabinet secretary brought Katherine Cassandra Ong, Lucky South 99's authorized representative, to his office in July 2023

- According to Tengco, Ong was having problems with the arrears of Lucky South with PAGCOR, which totaled to around $500,000

On July 10, 2024, in a senate hearing, the Chair of PAGCOR, Alejandro Tengco, revealed to the panel and named Atty. Harry Roque as the former cabinet secretary who allegedly liaised with PAGCOR for the Lucky South 99 POGO operator.

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According to Tengco, Roque was allegedly the "legal head" of the recently raided POGO operator.

He also said that it was the former cabinet secretary who brought the authorized representative of Lucky South 99, Katherine Cassandra Ong, to his office in July 2023 for a meeting, based on the video of the Senate hearing and the report by Rappler.

He also claimed that Ong was having a problem with the arrears of Lucky South 99 with PAGCOR, which allegedly amounted to $500,000. He said that Ong allegedly remitted the payment to Dennis Cunanan who also did not allegedly remit to PAGCOR.

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The officials who attended the hearing also noted that Roque did not pressure them but only liaised for Lucky South 99.

Take a look at the hearing below.

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The hearing on POGOs have also zeroed in on suspended Bamban Mayor Alice Guo.

Alice Leal Guo is the Mayor of the Municipality of Bamban, Tarlac. She won as mayor during the national elections in 2022. She became known nationwide after her name was dragged into the ongoing Senate investigations regarding Philippine Offshore Gaming Operations or (POGO) and the alleged proliferation of illegal immigrants. Her name has been the subject of many online memes since then.

Recently, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has revealed that it is already looking at another fingerprint of an "Alice Guo." This time around, it was from a record in 2005. In GMA's report, it revealed that there was an Alice Guo who secured a clearance in 2005. The result of the fingerprint is set to be released within the day.

Meanwhile, it was found that suspended Bamban Mayor Alice Guo’s brother, Wesley Leal Guo, has the same fingerprints as Chinese national Guo Xiang Dian. Sen. Win Gatchalian presented on Wednesday the documents from the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) citing the matched fingerprint results. As per the senator, Guo Xiang Dian arrived in the Philippines in 1999. Gatchalian also told reporters that the findings prove that the late registration process in the country was abused by the Guo family.

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