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Chinese and DOJ authorities devise a plan for repatriating POGO employees.

On Thursday, Department of Justice (DOJ) officials met with representatives of the Chinese embassy to discuss a strategy for the return to China of overstaying Philippine Overseas Gaming Operations (POGO) employees.

At the DOJ compound in Manila, DOJ Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla met with Zhou Zhiyong, Chargé d’affaires Ad Interim of the Chinese Embassy.

Remulla reported that among the topics covered was the potential timing for the repatriation, with the first batch of people awaiting deportation and identifying overstayers as the first obstacle.

We are checking the IDs, and if they match, China will begin to accept individuals to be sent home for overstaying, according to Remulla.

“Right now, we have less than 300 in detention, but we expect more to be there for deportation later on because (if we go all out as) we are gathering a lot of information now, doing surveillance, (and) we are a democratic state, we will uphold the law,” he said.

Remulla emphasized that the government will conduct a comprehensive inquiry to identify those who are thought to be in the country illegally.

We are still compiling complaints about the various POGOs that are present because we need to know the facts, we won’t act hastily, and we need complete information every time we move. “I believe that we are discussing illegal POGOs there. Of course, that’s the first thing we’ll look at if they are illegal, and of course, we are still collecting other complaints about the different POGOs.

By the end of this month or the first week of October, the first group of 300 people who could be deported is anticipated. This group will comprise those involved (or implicated) in crimes subject to ongoing investigations.

The DOJ chief added, “It cannot happen quickly. We must verify information and request that they verify it themselves.

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