By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator Risa Hontiveros insisted that the Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) should be expelled from the country because it causes an increase in prostitution and human trafficking.
“I led the hearings on the link between the rise of the POGO industry and the increase in the cases of prostitution and human trafficking. These investigations all led us to the same conclusion: the social cost of POGOs outweigh the perceived benefits,” she said.
Hontiveros said, also because of POGO, there was deeper and wider corruption in the Bureau of Immigration (BI), where his committee uncovered the pastillas scam.
She added that there have been many reports of “huli-dap” or arrest and extortion activities in the country by POGO.
“Ang mga kasapi ng industriyang ito ay nagkikidnapan, nagkakasuhan, tapos nag-aaregluhan pa di umano kasama ang mga law enforcement authorities. Kung hindi mapahinto ang POGO ngayon, uulit at uulit lang ang mga krimen na lumalaganap sa ating lipunan,” the senator said.
“POGOs have not brought anything good to our country. Palayasin na dapat sila sa lalong madaling panahon.”(ai/mtvn)