By Liza Soriano
MANILA — Senator JV Ejercito favors the summary deportation of some 2,000 illegal and overstaying workers who are employed by several Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO) throughout the nation.
Ejercito issued a statement warning that international criminal organizations have been using POGOs as a way to stay on Philippine land and carry out illicit activities.
“These illegal and overstaying aliens should be deported. In fact, there might be some foreign national syndicates who are using the POGO business avenue to enter the country and conduct their criminal activities here. Not just Chinese criminal syndicates, but also Cambodian and Vietnamese criminal syndicates,” he said.
“The Bureau of Immigration, National Bureau of Investigation, and Philippine National Police NBI should work double time to monitor and detect these kinds of operations,” he added.
By mid-October, the Department of Justice (DOJ) intends to deport thousands of POGO employees, as previously stated.
This comes after the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) cancelled the licenses of about 175 POGOs across the nation.
Around 40,000 foreign workers, the majority of whom are Chinese, are expected to be displaced by the action, which was motivated by a recent rash of kidnappings and other criminal activity connected to POGOs.
Ejercito previously filed Proposed Senate Resolution No. 194, which sought to direct the Senate Committee on Public Order and Dangerous Drugs to conduct a probe on these “alarming” cases of kidnapping, abduction, and disappearances, specially those against women, POGO workers, and Filipino-Chinese individuals.