POGO Revenue Not Enough to justify their presence

POGO Revenue Not Enough to justify their presence

Senator of the Philippines, Grace Poe said the revenue coming from Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGO) is not enough to justify their presence in the country, especially when their operations negatively impact the country in multiple ways.

During a Senate committee hearing on crimes committed recently by foreign nationals, the senator made her opposition to offshore gaming clear.

The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pacgor) also revealed that Pogos made billions of pesos in revenue – the biggest was in 2018 at P6 billion.

Grace Poe was saying that it is good that the country makes P6 billion for pogos, but the country’s reputation is also affected, and P6 Billion is not enough to justify hosting them in the country.

She also added, it’s good for some but 6 billion, but at what cost for the country?

The Philippine National Police (PNP) said in the same hearing that most kidnapping incidents in 2022 include Pogo. It added that 15 of 29 kidnappings were Pogo-related.

Poe said she is planning to file a Senate resolution to look into the social costs of Pogos in the country.

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