GAMBLING in China is a crime but not in the Philippines as long as you have business permits and pay taxes to the government. So through internet, the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) are stationed in the Philippines to skirt from the Chinese law but run by the Chinese that turned a nest of crimes from money laundering, prostitution, kidnappings and tax evasion.
Money. The Senate Blue Ribbon committee chair Senator Dick Gordon said, US$633 million or P32 billion sneaked into the country since September 2019 to proliferate the POGO operation in the country. The dirty money was brought in through NAIA, carried by Filipino and Chinese citizens.
The Anti-Money laundering Council (AMLC) through secretariat executive director Mel George Racela in last week’s marathon hearing of the senate blue ribbon committee admitted that POGO has some P14 billion dubious transactions.
The Philippine National Police (PNP) Aviation Security Group through its CCTV recordings identified the police personnel assisted the POGO employees and service providers that brought the large amount of money. But the immigration officials did not file cases against the mule family because of the “pastillas scheme” bribery.
Prostitution. Chinese women are being pimped to foreigners through the social media. There are also reports of prostitution involving pinays inside the quarters of POGO workers through a “fastfood style” prostitution service where a client can choose from the array.
Kidnapping. PNP deputy director for operations Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar said that the spike of Chinese kidnappings in the country particularly in Makati and Pasay are linked to the influx of POGO workers, pointing to the 73 incidents of POGO-related cases since 2017 where the 80 victims are all Chinese nationals.
The senators sung in unison urging president Duterte to declare POGO’s operation as illegal for the spate of illicit activities reported including investment scams, prostitutions, human trafficking, bribery to government officials, money laundering, kidnapping, etc. But this administration turned deaf on the senators’ call to declare the operation illegal because the country earned P6.4 billion tax last year.
But the most alarming information is the reported presence of about 3,000 People’s Liberation Army (PLA) of China now in the country for an unknown mission. These 3,000 men or 10 battalions with logistics positioned at the West Philippine Sea are big enough to subdue the capital Manila.
The authorities are alarmed of the presence of thousands of Chinese conducting businesses in the country. These Chinese are suspected members of the PLA. PLA is China’s armed force which is considered one of the world’s largest military forces with the widest military intelligence.
Why suspicions are raised? A subdivision in Parañaque was alarmed for the construction of a shooting ranged of able-bodied Chinese. And sometime on February, the two Chinese suspects of killing another Chinese in Makati are holding PLA identifications cards. Earlier, defense secretary Delfin Lorenzana raised alarm of the POGO hubs near the military bases.
Another thing, some Chinese businessmen are stakeholders of the National Power Grid and the third telco player who planned to set-up its equipment inside the military bases.
The game is now on stalemate! We sell our people to a portion of government earnings without taking into consideration that the tax evaded by POGO, according to the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) has already reached P27.3 billion.
The crime of tax evasion alone is substantial and enough ground to declare POGO as illegal; and as a corporation with juridical personality, POGO should be declared corpus non gratum. So that these idiots will pack-up and go home with their dirty money that was brought in without rigor because of Beijing-Manila ties.