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China will increase its assistance to Philippine law enforcement in its fight against POGOs.

As the Philippine government pursues the law on offenses involving Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators, the Chinese government is prepared to increase its cooperation with that country (POGOs).

Huang Xilian, the Chinese ambassador to the Philippines, said in a statement on Wednesday that the Chinese government “firmly” opposes gambling and employs harsh measures to do away with it.

This happened following Huang’s meeting with Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla, who declared that the Philippine government would keep up its collaboration with the Chinese government to end illicit operations.

“Gambling in any way by Chinese people, be it online gambling or gambling abroad, is banned, according to the Chinese laws and regulations,” he stated. “Crimes brought on by and related with internet gambling affect the interests of the Philippines as well as China’s and China-Philippines ties.”

A previous closure of 175 POGO companies left 40,000 Chinese citizens without employment and possibly in the country illegally.

It is applauded, Huang said, that pertinent Philippine law enforcement organizations recently conducted operations to shut down several POGO companies and rescue several Chinese individuals.

At the Bureau of Immigration detention facility in Taguig City, the saved Chinese nationals are being held in preparation for deportation.

Huang stated that the deportation and other matters would be handled “positively” by the Chinese Embassy in the Philippines.

The deportation of the impacted POGO employees will be further discussed at a “face-to-face” meeting between DOJ and Chinese Embassy representatives on Thursday, according to Department of Justice (DOJ) spokesperson Mico Clavano.

Given that they no longer have a reason to remain in the Philippines, bringing them back to China must be a concerted operation between the two nations, according to Clavano.

The growth in crimes involving POGO activities in the nation has already alarmed the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR).

The welfare and safety of both Filipinos and foreigners employed by POGOs will be protected, according to Alejandro Tengco, chairman and chief executive officer of PAGCOR.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is aware of kidnapping incidents connected to POGO and other illicit activities in the nation, according to Tengco. Thus, the Chief Executive instructed them to stop their operations against illegal operators.

Due to the crimes connected, several MPs have moved to outlaw POGO operations in the nation.

Benjamin Diokno, the finance secretary, added that he supports ending the POGOs because of their “reputational danger.”

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