Lawmaker hits Pagcor over Pasay Pogo controversy

Philippine offshore gaming operator (Pogo) - Noy Morcoso /

Philippine offshore gaming operator (Pogo)  (Noy Morcoso / INQUIRER.web file picture)

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Sherwin Gatchalian on Friday criticized Philippine Amusement and Gaming Company (Pagcor) for allegedly failing to examine a controversial web gaming licensee supposedly working as a entrance for numerous crimes. 

Gatchalian raised his concern through the Senate committee on ladies’s listening to on the alleged irregularities at Good Internet Expertise – a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (Pogo) agency positioned in Pasay Metropolis. 

“What sort of inspection are you doing? As a result of for my part, that is [a] failure of regulation. If [we] are doing our jobs correctly… regulating… hindi mangyayari lahat po ito eh (this wouldn’t occur),” mentioned Gatchalian. 

Good Internet Expertise grew to become controversial for allegedly being concerned in numerous crimes and offenses, significantly prostitution, human trafficking, torture, kidnapping for ransom, and on-line scams. 

Pagcor Senior Vice President Ret. Gen. Raul Villanueva, nevertheless, identified that as regulators of Pogo corporations within the nation, the company is doing its mandate to examine hubs, together with the Good Internet Expertise. 

“We’ve an inspection. We inspected this [firm],” mentioned Villanueva, however he later admitted that Pagcor wasn’t in a position to examine the aforementioned hub totally.“Hindi namin mapasok at mainspect basta basta kasi it’s a violation of their…siguro… privateness nila,” Villanueva advised Gatchalian.

(We are able to’t enter and examine instantly as a result of it’s a violation of their… possibly… their privateness.)The senator, nevertheless, harassed that as a regulator, Pagcor has the fitting to examine the corporations of its licensees.

To this, Villanueva reiterated that Pagcor doesn’t have “police energy,” including that they’re solely counting on the Division of Justice and the Presidential Anti-Organized Crime Fee.Later within the listening to, Gatchalian mentioned that Pagcor, being the regulator of Pogo corporations is already a “battle of curiosity.” 

“On one hand, you need to earn a living, alternatively, you’ll want to regulate and this doesn’t go properly collectively. That’s why we’re right here now on this drawback, on this fiasco,” mentioned Gatchalian. 

“The committee ought to actually look into this battle of curiosity as a result of it’s now being exploited by felony syndicates. These felony syndicates are smarter than us, they know there’s a drawback with our system that’s why they’re right here,” he added. 


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